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    Sale 7608

    Important European Furniture and Sculpture

    10 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 18

    A PAIR OF EMPIRE GILTWOOD TABOURETS

    BY JEAN-PIERRE LOUIS, FIRST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF EMPIRE GILTWOOD TABOURETS
    BY JEAN-PIERRE LOUIS, FIRST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    Each with a rectangular padded seat covered in close-nailed red silk damask, above plain rails, on square-sectioned slightly cabriole legs headed by stylised foliage, joined by H-stretchers and terminating in paw feet, each stamped 'J.LOUIS', stencilled 'TH' and '1080' and with inventory paper label inscribed 'Château des Tuileries 1829 Nr.' and indistinctly inscribed in black ink '... Galerie ...', one stool further stencilled '.057'
    17½ in. (44 cm.) high; 19½ in. (50 cm.) square (2)


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    These elegant stools are marked 'TH', which corresponds to the mark of the Château des Tuileries during the French Restauration (1815-1830).

    Commissioned by Catherine de Médicis in 1564, the Palais des Tuileries was redecorated in the Empire Neoclassical style for Napoléon I under the direction of Pierre François Léonard Fontaine and Charles Percier.

    Jean-Pierre Louis, maître in 1787, is recorded in 1811 as one of the fournisseurs du garde meuble Impérial. He supplied a significant number of pieces to the administration impériale and is recorded as having collaborated with Jacob-Desmalter on furniture for the duc de Richelieu.

    A related pair of stools, formerly in the Chateau des Tuileries and bearing a similar paper label and date, was sold, le Goût Steinitz III, Christie's, London, 6 December 2007, lot 436 (£35,300 including premium). A stool by Jean-Pierre Louis, formerly in the Lagerfeld Collection, was sold, Christie's, Monaco, 28-29 April 2000, lot 138.

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    Provenance

    Château des Tuileries, 1829.