A PAIR OF LOUIS XV CARVED BEECH BERGERES
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A PAIR OF LOUIS XV CARVED BEECH BERGERES

JEAN-BAPTISTE I TILLIARD, MID-18TH CENTURY

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A PAIR OF LOUIS XV CARVED BEECH BERGERES
JEAN-BAPTISTE I TILLIARD, MID-18TH CENTURY
Each with shaped back, arms and loose cushion seat upholstered in studded green cut-velvet, the toprail centred by a stylised shell and foliate scrolls, the seatrail decorated conformingly, on cabriole legs headed by C-scrolls and terminating in foliate feet, stamped TILLIARD to the underside
39½ in. (100.5 cm.) high (2)
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With Gallerie Gismondi.
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Jean-Baptiste I Tilliard, maître in 1717.

The celebrated menuisier Jean-Baptiste I Tilliard (1685-1766) established one of the most important worshops in Paris in the rue de Clery, Aux Armes de France. Working closely with his son Jacques-Jean-Baptiste, who continued to use the same stamp after his father's retirement, Tilliard often employed other skilled sculpteurs such as Nicolas Heurtaut, Damien Quintel and Toussaint Foliot, whilst he retailed much of his oeuvre through the marchand-mercier Julien-Etienne Olivier. In 1728 he received the title of maître menuisier du Garde-Meuble du Roi, and his distinguished clientèle included the Prince de Soubise and the Marquise de Pompadour.

The distinctive and characteristic heart-shaped cabochon motif features on much of Tilliard's documented oeuvre, including the pairs of fauteuils, bergères and chaises à la reine in the Wrightsman Collection (illustrated in F.J.B Watson, The Wrightsman Collection, New York, 1966, vol.I, p.48, p.66-67), as well as in G. Jeanneau, Les Sieges, Paris, 1967, pls.130, 175, 190.

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