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French chaise, mid 18th century.

French chaise, mid 18th century.
3 1 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm


Men of rank and fashion took up driving as a sporting pastime during the latter part of the 18th century. This type of low, open carriage was drawn by a single pony or horse and would have been used by a young aristocrat for driving in town or on a country estate for pleasure. Four-wheeled versions would sometimes be pulled by two horses.

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