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chaise longue

Louis XV style carved gilt-wood chaise lounge, ca. 1875-1925

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Definition: a type of daybed, traditionally consisting of an armchair with an elongated cushioned seat that allows the sitter to stretch out; usually rests on six legs; developed in France in the early 18th century ("chaise longue" literally means "long chair" in French), shortly after the bergère, it's typical of Régence, Louis XV and Louis XVI styles; 19th-century versions developed foot rests and backrests running down the length of the piece, or came in two sections

Pronunciation: shayz-long

Also Known As: chaise lounge (erroneous), fainting couch, duchess (British)

Example: The antique chaise longue had the rounded back that characterized late Louis XV pieces.

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