French Directoire style painted wood armchair. Late Louis XVI or Directoire chauffeuse (low chair) inspired by chairs by Demay or Jacob. Solid beechwood frame, hand carving, patinated painting finishings. Seating and armrests upholstered in white and covered with Customer’s Own Material (COM)


Directoire style was a period in the decorative arts, fashion, and especially furniture design in France concurrent with the Directory (November 2, 1795–November 10, 1799), the later part of the French Revolution. The style uses Neoclassical architectural forms, minimal carving, planar expanses of highly grained veneers, and applied decorative painting. It is a style transitional between Louis XVI and Empire styles.

The Directoire style was primarily established by the architects and designers Charles Percier (1764–1838) and Pier François Léonard Fontaine (1762–1853). In its use of Neoclassical architectural form and decorative motifs the style anticipates the slightly later and more elaborate Empire style, which was introduced after Napoleon established the First French Empire. Furniture and objects discovered during Pompeii excavations influenced the French Directoire style.


Vosges custom fabricates French Neoclassical chairs for luxury residential projects. We mainly design and produce pieces from photos, sketches or further drawings provided by architects and designers. Vosges consequently adapts dimensions, wood species and finishings to your own’s specifications. We also provide shop drawings and samples of finishings for approval.

Source: Wikipedia.

Photo: Thomas Hennocque