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An armchair with a rounded back and a broad seat, upholstered between the arm and the seat. The shape was determined by the wide dresses worn by society women in the early 18th century. The term was derived from the French for ‘shepherdess’: L'heure du berger (‘the hour of the shepherd’) was an idiomatic expression meaning a favourable moment for the lover to take action.

Subjects: Art.

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