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A pair of French giltwood stools
A pair of French giltwood stools


A pair of French giltwood stools
In the Louis XIV Style, By Alavoine, Paris, Circa 1880
Each with a rectangular blue-velvet upholstered seat, with hob-nailed edge, on six square-shaped scrolled legs, joined by a double 'X'-shaped stretcher with acanthus terminal, on square tapering feet, one with a metal label to the underside of the framework ALAVOINE/9 Rue Caumartin/Paris
41 in. (104 cm.) wide; 20½ in. (52 cm.) high; 17¾ in. (45 cm.) deep (2)

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Alavoine appears to be unrecorded as working in his own right and it may well be that he was a partner in the firm of Schmit, Alavoine & Piollet, of around 1870, who were based in the rue de Charonne. The Alavoine family would appear to have been established in the area of the rue de Charonne at the beginning of the 19th century as there is a record of a death of a Pierre Alavoine there in 1806.

The style of these stools can be associated with those items produced by Schmit, Alavoine & Piolett, whose production was generally in the styles of the 18th century.

A similar stool with tapestry seat was sold in these rooms 4 June 1992, lot 62 and another, although with canted legs, was sold in these rooms 7 June 1990, lot 147.

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