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    Sale 7592

    Four British Collections Including Important Furniture

    5 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 45

    A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI GILTWOOD VOYEUSES

    BY JEAN-BAPTISTE LELARGE, LATE 18TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI GILTWOOD VOYEUSES
    BY JEAN-BAPTISTE LELARGE, LATE 18TH CENTURY
    Each with padded cresting, rectangular back and seat with cushion covered in coffee-coloured silk-velvet, the entrelac-carved frame headed by volute scrolls, above similarly-decorated rails and spirally-turned tapering legs headed by floral paterae and terminating in toupie feet, each stamped 'I.B.LELARGE'
    38 in. (97 cm.) high; 22½ in. (57 cm.) wide; 18 in. (46 cm.) deep
    Jean-Baptiste III Lelarge (1743-1802), maître in 1775. (2)


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    A very distinctive type of chair, the voyeuse, was used in the late 18th century, for the observation of card-games or plays. The voyeuse à genoux, also called voyeuse pour femme or voyeuse en prie-dieu, was fitted with a very low seat, and intended for the spectator to kneel on, facing backwards, with their arms resting on the padded top-rail. The voyeuse assise, also called voyeuse d'homme or voyeuse à cheval was fitted with a seat at a lower height and intended to be sat on, astride, with arms similarly resting at the top of the back, which was lower in height to afford viewing.

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    Provenance

    Château de Meung-sur-Loire.