A cabriolet armchair is a Louis Quinze armchair whose armrests are open and elevated from the seat, and are sculpted independently of the armchair, making it light and easy to move. This is unlike the bergère, whose arms are upholstered.
The seat flares widely to accommodate large dresses. Facing the chair, the two front legs are turned outwards. On either side of a sinuous line, the armrests are very open, like a crossbow. The main difference between a cabriolet and an armchair à la reine is to be found in the back: cabriolets' backs are concave to hug to body, while armchairs à la reine have straight backs.
A bergère, which has full armrests.
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