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Antique Chaise Longues

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The Chaise Longue is an essential to any home that takes pride in comfort, luxury and extravagance. They are designed for one person to stretch out upon, proving them versatile to relax, read or nap. In summary, they are a sofa with the backrest at only one end.

Antique chaise longues in your home

If you want to fulfill the fantasy of eating grapes in a shawl or being painted like a French girl, then this is for you!
Unique and distinctive, this is a great asset to your home for its visual appeal. This especially suits coordinating with other French furniture of the Classic style.
Recent naming of the Chaise Longue is now Chaise Lounge to save confusion.

Origins of the Antique Chaise Longue

These chairs have been traced back to 3000 BC in materials such as wood, ivory or ebony in Egpyt and in Greece. These were used for public Greek events, where the chair would be draped in layers of fabric and cushions.
The Romans took it even further by coining a name for eating on this specific style of chair: accubatio, the act of reclining at the table.
In recent popular culture, the chaise longue is traditionally associated with neoclassic French-style boudoirs or the offices of psychoanalysts originating from the Victorian style. In French in the 16th century, they were used by aristocrats to lounge and rest in the company of friends or alone during the day. In the 19th century, it was then connotated with femininity as a decadent throne for women without having to leave their bedroom.

Common types and styles of Antique Chaise Longue

The Méridienne

This chaise longue has a single headrest and backrest which tapers off. This results in an asymmetrical appearance. The user can recline without fear of falling backwards or sideways. They are usually upholstered for maximum comfort.

The Récamie

In contrast, the Récamie has a backrest at either end of the chaise longue which is their defining feature. This piece is symmetrical but has no back. This chair is named after Madame Récamier who popularised the style of chaise longue in 1800 after posing on one for her portrait.

The Duchesse Brisée

This chaise longue often incorporates two or three separate pieces of furniture. This is likely two chairs and a footstool in between. They can be used together or separately.