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    Sale 7713

    Furniture & Clocks

    23 April 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 259

    A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI WHITE AND PALE BLUE-PAINTED FAUTEUILS

    BY JEAN-BAPTISTE CLAUDE SENE, CIRCA 1775

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    A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI WHITE AND PALE BLUE-PAINTED FAUTEUILS
    BY JEAN-BAPTISTE CLAUDE SENE, CIRCA 1775
    Each with a foliate-carved oval medallion back, padded arms with scrolled foliate terminals and rounded seat upholstered in pale blue and cream silk, with reeded and leaf-and-berry rails, on tapering turned, spiral-fluted and stiff-leaf carved legs, each stamped to the seat rail SENE, redecorated
    Each 40 in. (101 cm.) high; 25½ in. (65 cm.) wide; 28 in. (72 cm.) deep (2)


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    Jean-Baptiste Claude Sené, maître in 1769.

    The quality and originality of Sené's work placed him among the pre-eminent menuisiers of the late 18th century. Around 1770 he established his workshop in the rue de Cléry, quickly building his reputation and ultimately supplying seat-furniture to the Garde-Meuble for Versailles, Montreuil, Saint-Cloud, Compiègne and Fontainebleau. His position ensured he remained in the vanguard of design characterised by strict form, delicate frames and well adjusted carving. (G.B Pallot, Furniture Collections in The Louvre, vol.II, Paris, 1993.)
    This form of chair, with a 'medallion' back and circular seat derives from a model made by Jean-Nicholas Blanchard for the Comte d'Artois for Saint-Germain-en-Laye, and the form was subsequently adopted by Jean René Nadal and Philippe Poirié, both munuisiers to the Prince (see Guillaume Janneau, Les Sièges, Paris, 1967, p.136, pl.254). A precursor to the present lot, made for the comte d'Artois for his library at Versailles and stamped by Nadal, was illustrated in Jean-Louis Gaillemin, Les Folies d'Artois, L'Objet d'Arts, no 7, 1986.

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    Provenance

    Princess Maria Pia di Savoia (d.1911).


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