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    Sale 12455

    European Furniture & Works of Art

    6 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 16

    A PAIR OF LOUIS XV GREY-PAINTED FAUTEUILS

    BY JEAN-BAPTISTE GOURDIN, CIRCA 1750

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    A PAIR OF LOUIS XV GREY-PAINTED FAUTEUILS
    BY JEAN-BAPTISTE GOURDIN, CIRCA 1750
    Each with a shaped back, outscrolled arms and drop-in seat covered in burgundy silk damask, the serpentine seat on cabriole legs, one stamped 'I. GOURDIN'
    38 ½ in, (98 cm.) high; 28 in. (71 cm.) wide; 31 in. (79 cm.) deep


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    Jean-Baptiste Gourdin, maitre in 1748.

    These fauteuils were executed by the celebrated menuisier Jean Baptiste Gourdin, son of Jean Gourdin, who was known as Gourdin Père. The latter became maître-menuisier in 1714 and was established in the rue de Cléry by the sign of 'Saint Jacques', Gourdin was patronised by the marquis de Bercy (1678-1742) and the duchesse de Mazarin whose residence on the rue de Varenne was redesigned by Nicolas Pineau circa 1737. Flourishing until 1764, Gourdin employed two stamps throughout his long career. He first used 'I.G.' served until circa 1748, when his son Jean-Baptiste (maître in 1748, using the stamp I. GOURDIN) joined his atelier under the name 'Nom de Jesus' and thereafter the stamp 'PERE GOURDIN'.