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A SET OF FOUR LOUIS XVI GREY-PAINTED DINING CHAIRS
MORNING SESSION FRIDAY 22 OCTOBER, 10:00AM LOTS 450-653 "A HÔTEL PARTICULIER IN NEW YORK" PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION (LOTS 450-471) This elegant group of French 18th century furniture, combining refined examples of both the Louis XV and Louis XVI periods, was acquired by a discerning couple for their apartment in a Beaux Arts townhouse on the Upper East Side. The house, on 75th Street, was built in 1901-02 by the architectural firm of Welch, Smith and Provot, who, as was customary among fashionable American architects of the period, had studied in Paris. They also designed other celebrated townhouses in New York such as the Duke Semans mansion at 1009 Fifth Avenue. The house was acquired in 1903 by Henry Harper Benedict, President of Remington Typewriter Company, and his wife Katherine, who, remarkably, lived there until 1961. The house retains many of its opulent details--indeed, the two chandeliers and sets of wall lights in this sale (lots 464 and 471) were acquired by the current owners with the apartment, and may well have been original to the house.
A SET OF FOUR LOUIS XVI GREY-PAINTED DINING CHAIRS

BY GEORGES JACOB AND PHILIPPE POIRIE, CIRCA 1775

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A SET OF FOUR LOUIS XVI GREY-PAINTED DINING CHAIRS
BY GEORGES JACOB AND PHILIPPE POIRIE, CIRCA 1775
Each entrelac-carved frame with padded rectangular back and seat covered in light blue silk damask, on tapering fluted legs, one with number 8 and one with number 10 inscribed in black marker to underside, each stamped G. IACOB to underside of front seatrail, one stamped PH. POIRIE to center rear underside rail (4)
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 1 November 1997, lot 362.

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Georges Jacob, maître in 1765.
Philippe Poirié, maître in 1765.

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