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    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 354

    A LOUIS XVI WHITE-PAINTED BERGERE

    LATE 18TH CENTURY

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    A LOUIS XVI WHITE-PAINTED BERGERE
    LATE 18TH CENTURY
    The arched padded back, seat and arms covered in floral cotton, the scrolled fluted arms carved with foliage, on turned tapering fluted legs, the front seat rail stamped 'F', redecorated
    37½ in. (95.5 cm.) high; 26½ in. (67 cm.) wide; 27 in. (68.5 cm.) deep


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    Petit Fleur d'Eau is a charming house on the banks of Lake Geneva, decorated by the celebrated interior designer Tom Parr, principal decorator at Colefax and Fowler following John Fowler's retirement. He created a wonderfully elegant series of rooms bathed in the natural light of the setting, which perfectly harmonized with the understated classicism of the architecture. The house abounds with delightful touches such as the hand-painted wall paper of the dining-room based on 18th century Chinese wall paper at Drottninghölm, first admired by Nancy Lancaster, and the wonderfully theatrical split-level master bathroom with its galleried dressing room. The setting was '... a tranquil place where time stands still and the presence of nature is felt all around'.

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale, Christie's, King Street, 2 May 2002, [Petit Fleur d'Eau, Lake Geneva], lot 416.