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    Sale 7608

    Important European Furniture and Sculpture

    10 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 117

    A SET OF FOUR LOUIS XV GILTWOOD FAUTEUILS

    BY LEONARD BEAUVEAU, KNOWN AS 'BOVO', MID-18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A SET OF FOUR LOUIS XV GILTWOOD FAUTEUILS
    BY LEONARD BEAUVEAU, KNOWN AS 'BOVO', MID-18TH CENTURY
    Each with cartouche-shaped channelled back, padded arms and seat covered in red patterned floral silk damask, above a shaped seatrail, on cabriole legs terminating in scroll feet, each stamped 'BOVO'
    38½ in. (98 cm.) high; 27¼ in. (69 cm.) wide; 27½ in. (70 cm.) deep (4)


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    These fauteuils are stamped 'BOVO' which stamp has generally been linked to Leonard Beauveau, a menuisier working in the circle of the ébéniste Nicolas Heurtaut, himself maître in 1753 (B. Pallot, The Art of the Chair in 18th Century France, Paris, 1989, p. 218).
    A closely-related suite of seat furniture stamped by BOVO was sold at Drouot, Piasa, 28 June 2006 (EUR 295,720). Further related fauteuils by or attributed to BOVO include a suite of four giltwood fauteuils from the collection of Mrs. Barbara Piasecka Johnson, sold at Christie's, London, 1 December 2005, lot 198 (£108,000 including premium), and a cabriole chair in the Wrightsman Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (inv.1977.213), ill. Ibid., p. 218. A related pair of beechwood fauteuils by BOVO was sold at, Christie's, London, 6 December 2007, lot 138 (£8,125 including premium).

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