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    Sale 7466

    Le Goût Steinitz, III

    6 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 417

    A SUITE OF FRENCH GILTWOOD SEAT FURNITURE

    MID-19TH CENTURY

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    A SUITE OF FRENCH GILTWOOD SEAT FURNITURE
    MID-19TH CENTURY
    Comprising a canapé and six fauteuils; each with a rectangular arched back, padded arms and drop-in seat upholstered à châssis in crimson and beige cut silk velvet damask, floral sprays and S-shaped brackets on moulded hatched ground, the top rail centred by a lambrequined bearded mask flanked by acanthus and floral scrolls, the uprights conformingly carved and headed by acanthus wraps, the outscrolled armrests with flowerhead-filled C-scroll cabochons and upswepts acanthus sprays, the seat rails centred to the front by crowned medusa's heads, the sides with radiating cabochons, on cabriole legs headed by stylised shells, on scrolled feet, three armchairs with blue edged labels or remains of label
    The canapé: 55½ in. (141 cm.) high; 67 in. (170 cm.) wide; 33 in. (84 cm.) deep
    The fauteuils: 52 in. (132 cm.) high; 27½ in. (70 cm.) wide; 27 in. (68.5 cm.) deep (7)


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    The trellis frame of the rectangular back is enriched with masks and scrolling acanthus and Venus's shell badge emerges from acanthus-foliage above the cabriole legs. Designed in the tradition of the grand fauteuils of the Louis XIV period this magnificent suite was almost certainly commissioned to furnish representation rooms in some splendid apartement or château.

    A related drawing, probably of Parisian authorship and executed circa 1715, is in the National Museum, Stockholm. It formed part of an album assembled by Daniel Crönstrom, while serving as secretary to the Swedish Ambassador to the court of Louis XIV, and shows a number of possible variants in form and sculpture for a similar chair. (M. Jarry, Le Siège Français, Fribourg, 1973, p. 78, fig. D23).

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