Dining Room Chiavari Chairs

Oil Painting by Marcel André Bashet 1893Oil Painting by Marcel André Bashet 1893

Chiavari Chairs are a type of Balloon-Backed Chair.  The design was based on the Louis XV panel-back side chair – without the back upholstery.

Some of these balloon-backed chairs were even made out of papier-mâché.   Queen Victoria, the Crown Prince Friedrich and even Napoleon III and his fashionable wife Eugénie had the Chiavari chairs at St.-Cloud and Fontainebleau had one of these chairs in their estates.

The chair jumped from the dining room to the ballroom – and has become the classic wedding chair.

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