This is a classical and lovely patinaed pair of Chauffeuses made from solid walnut by the end of the Napoleon era during the second half of the 19th century. Chauffeuses are originally low seat chairs which were placed in front of the fire place to stay warm (The word "Chaud" meaning Hot). This adorable pair consists of a tall seat back accented with a central heraldic shaped shield flanked by acanthus patterns standing upon a large seat support by turned fluted legs. Note the reddish velvet is not original and estimated to be from the end of the 20th century, it is used but passable condition. Minor scratches and dents can be seen on the wooden frame due to the age. Today such chairs are usually used in bedroom for clothes or to sit to tie shoes but we will not recommend sitting on these for an extended period of time. Circa date 1860-1870. Dimensions 37"high/ 16"seat height/ 20"wide/ 18"deep.