French 18th Century Louis XV Period Duchesse en Bateau


c.1760, France

Provenance: Chateau de Valençay

This 18th century Louis XV Period Duchesse en Bateau encapsulates the splendor of the Louis XV period with its beautiful upholstery in a rich blue chinoiserie silk brocade fabric that compliments the more feminine curved lines of the cream lacquered frame.

Decorated with C-scrolled chanelling and floral cartouches, within moulded serpentine shaped back and seat-rail. The back frame with acanthus leaves carving, shaped armrest supports and seat-rails above 8 cabriole legs, headed by flowerheads and foliate pendants.

The duchesse was used by elegant women as a daybed and responded to a greater demand for ease and comfort.This fabulous antique duchesse en bateau will be a perfectly elegant lounging retreat within a master bedroom or living room.

A highly desirable period peice which has been photograhed in the haute couture fashion industry.


H 104cm x W 205cm x D 84cm


Sold As Is. Condition Good. Comensurate with age and wear.

Historical Notes

Situated in Berry, France, the Château de Valençay harmoniously combines two architectural styles, Renaissance and Classical.

Napoleon bought Château de Valençay in 1803 for his famous Foreign Affairs Minister, Charles Maurice de Talleyrand, so that the minister could receive European dignitaries in style.

On a visit to the château you will discover an exceptional collection of Louis XVI and Empire furniture.


Chateau de Valençay