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    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 355

    A SUITE OF LOUIS XVI GILTWOOD AND GREY-PAINTED SEAT-FURNITURE

    CIRCA 1785

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    A SUITE OF LOUIS XVI GILTWOOD AND GREY-PAINTED SEAT-FURNITURE
    CIRCA 1785
    Comprising four fauteuils and two side chairs, each with a rectangular back with beaded and stiff-leaf borders, flanked by fluted columns below flowerhead paterae and leaf-wrapped finials, the padded back and seat covered in Chinoiserie-patterned cotton, on turned fluted tapering legs, the armchairs with stop-fluted scrolled arms headed and capped by carved acanthus, the front seat-rail of five chairs bearing a spurious stamp 'J.B. BOULARD'
    Each armchair: 35¾ in. (91 cm.) high; 23½ in. (60 cm.) wide; 19 in. (48 cm.) deep
    Each side chair: 34¾ in. (88 cm.) high; 18½ in. (47 cm.) wide; 17½ in. (44 cm.) deep (6)


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    The present suite of seat-furniture can be related to the oeuvre of the menuisier J. I. Roussens, who produced several comparable examples featuring fluted colonettes with flowerhead paterae surmounted by plumed finials. Among such examples, a parcel-gilt and cream-painted suite of seat-furniture was sold anonymously, Sotheby's, Monaco, 3 July 1993, lot 209 (FF 310,800); a further suite, illustrated by Partridge, Exhibition Catalogue, 1996, No. 43, pp. 104-5, and a fauteuil featuring the same trademark fluted colonettes with plumed finials, illustrated in P. Kjellberg, Le Mobilier Français du XVIIIème siècle, Paris, 1998, p. 743.

    A fauteuil, circa 1788, featuring similar columnar uprights with plumed finials is in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris (G. Janneau Les Sièges, Paris, 1967, p.150, No. 286). Further related examples sold at auction include a suite of seat furniture sold anonymously, Sotheby's, Paris, 23 June 2004, lot 81 (EUR16,200), and another, formerly in the collection of the Parisian decorator Mr. Dreyfuss sold, Christie's, Monaco, 13 December 1998, lot 353, (FF 342,500 including premium).

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