• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7784

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    10 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 844

    A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI WHITE-PAINTED ARMCHAIRS

    ATTRIBUTED TO CLAUDE-ETIENNE MICHARD, LATE 18TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI WHITE-PAINTED ARMCHAIRS
    ATTRIBUTED TO CLAUDE-ETIENNE MICHARD, LATE 18TH CENTURY
    Elaborately-carved, each with a piastre-carved medallion back and seat covered in ruby red striped velvet, the cresting centred by an acanthus crown, the leaf-wrapped arms with spiral terminals, resting on conformingly-carved supports, above a seat decorated with fruiting laurel leaves, on spirally-fluted tapering legs, surmounted by rosette paterae and terminating in ball feet
    41 in. (104 cm.) high; 26¼ in. (66.5 cm.) wide; 22½ in. (57 cm.) deep (2)


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    With their robust frame, foliate crowns and elaborate fruiting laurel-carved seats, these fauteuils boast an almost regal appearance. The idiosyncratic use of tores de laurier to the seats, foliate-headed cresting and rather ambitious model are reminisicent of the oeuvre of Claude-Etienne Michard (1732-1794, maître in 1757). Even though little is know about the menuisier, a significant number of seats by Michard once formed part of prestigious private collections such as those of the Duc de Choiseul for the château de Chanteloup or the duc de la Rochefoucauld d'Enville for the château de la Roche-Guyon (P. Kjellberg, Le Mobilier Français du XVIIIè Siècle, Paris, 1998, p. 568). Seats by the menuisier which were formerly in the collection of the duc de Choiseul include a pair of fauteuils bearing the inventory brand of the château de Chanteloup sold at Christie's, Monaco, 17 June 2000, lot 277 (FF399,500 with premium) and a fauteuil de bureau, formerly in the Jacques Doucet collection and now in the Musée Nissim de Camondo in Paris (ill. Comte F. de Salverte, Les Ebénistes du XVIIIè Siècle, Paris, 1953, p.223, PL. XLVIII).

    A closely related pair of white-painted fauteuils by Michard, formerly in the Collection Murat at the château de Nointel, was sold from the Akram Ojjeh Collection at Christie's, Monaco, 11-12 December 1999, lot 56 (FF364,500 with premium), while a further related fauteuil by the menuisier was sold from the collection of M. Mica Salabert, Ader Tajan, Paris, 8 June 1993, lot 82.

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    Provenance

    Adolphe Edouard Casimir Joseph Mortier (1768-1835), duc de Trévise, Maréchal under the Empire (1804) and prime minister under Louis-Philippe), château de Sceaux, by descent to,
    Napoléon Mortier de Trévise, marquis de Trévise (1835) then 2nd duc de Trévise, by descent to,
    Hippolyte Charles Napolon Mortier de Trévise, 3rd duc de Trévise (1835-1892), by descent to,
    Léonie Mortier de Trévise (1866-1939), by marriage Princesse de Cystria-Faucigny-Lucinge,
    Château de Vigny.
    Sold from the 'Collections de grandes demeures et châteaux privés du val de Loire', Cheverny, 11 June 2006, lot 82, where acquired by the present owner.