A pair of Elsie De Wolfe Louis XV style slipper chairs from the early 20th century, with cabriole legs and striped salmon upholstery. Made in the USA during the early years of the 20th century, each of this pair of slipper chairs, created by actress turned designer Elsie De Wolfe, features a slightly slanted camelback, connected to a seat adorned with a serpentine front. The back and seat both showcase an upholstery in used condition, typical of De Wolfe's taste. The chairs are raised on a painted base with gilt accents, made of four Louis XV style cabriole legs resting on scrolling feet. The ensemble boasts a nicely weathered patina revealing its age. Slipper chairs were traditionally used in bedrooms to help ladies get dressed.
Born in New York City, de Wolfe was acutely sensitive to her surroundings from her earliest years and became one of the first female interior decorators, replacing dark and ornate Victorian décor with lighter, simpler styles and uncluttered room layouts.
She belonged to a time when everything was still subtle, explains designer Vincent Darré. There remained the spirit of the salon dear to the 18th century from which Elsie drew inspiration for her decorations. She favored round and refined shapes.
Place of Origin: TBD
Dimensions: 17"W x 20"D x 34"H
Inventory Number: EW101