A Chair Fit For A King

restaurant chairsLooking for new restaurant chairs with more than a touch of class? Manufactured specifically for commercial use, this Royal Side Chair Side chair is crafted in Europe of solid beech wood that features reinforced joints and overall cutting edge construction. This is an exceptionally durable chair, and yet with its rich quality and fine looks, it is an elegant addition to any dining area. What makes it royal, in particular, is the lovely pattern of gold fleur-de-lis.

The fleur-de-lis is a stylized lily or iris used as a decorative design or symbol and is closely associated with French royalty, most notably Charlemagne. However the connection goes all the way to the first Christian king of the Franks, Clovis, whose shield, according to legend and an allegorical poem from the 13th century, miraculously

changed from pagan crescents to the golden lilies on an azure blue ground. However, the fleur-de-lis' true origins with French monarchs may stem from the baptismal lily used in the crowning of King Clovis I.

The story of the shield has remained popular, even though modern scholarship has established that the fleur-de-lis was a religious symbol before it was a true heraldic symbol. Along with true lilies, it was associated with the Virgin Mary, and in the 12th century Louis VI and Louis VII started to use the emblem, on scepters for example, in order to connect their rule with this symbol of saintliness.

This is interesting, as the fleur-de-lis is in America most famously associated with the New Orleans Saints football team, who wear a black fleur-de-lis on gold helmets. The fleur-de-lis comes from the three examples of the symbol present on the official flag of New Orleans, unsurprising given how often the city remained in French hands.

Whether you’re looking for restaurant furniture with a pedigree or not, we have all kinds of styles available here at Fashion Seating!

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