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A SUITE OF LOUIS XVI GILTWOOD SEAT-FURNITURE

BY JEAN-NICHOLAS BLANCHARD, CIRCA 1775, THE UPHOLSTERY BY PIERRE DELBEE OF MAISON JANSEN

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A SUITE OF LOUIS XVI GILTWOOD SEAT-FURNITURE
BY JEAN-NICHOLAS BLANCHARD, CIRCA 1775, THE UPHOLSTERY BY PIERRE DELBEE OF MAISON JANSEN
Comprising six fauteuils and a canapé en corbeille, upholstered in dark apricot coloured silk-velvet, the channelled frames carved with ribbon-tied reeds and centred to cresting and seatrail with an acanthus spray, above tapering legs headed by square foliate patterae and terminating in ball feet, the canapé and five fauteuils stamped 'N.BLANCHARD', each numbered in blue crayon '785-8032'
The canape: 39 in. (99 cm.) high; 65 in. (165 cm.) wide
The fauteuils: 38½ in. (98 cm.) high; 24½ in. (62 cm.) wide (7)
Literature
J.J. Junquera, Casas Senoriales de Espana, Barcelona, 1992, pp. 267 (illustrated in situ in the Boudoir at Palau March, Mallorca).

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Jean-Nicolas Blanchard, maître in 1771.

The prototype for such 'medallion' back chairs derives from the model made by Jean-Nicholas Blanchard for the comte d'Artois for Saint-Germain-en-Laye; this form was subsequently adopted by Jean-René Nadal and Philippe Poirié, both menuisiers to the Prince (Guillaume Janneau, Les Sièges, Paris, 1967, p.136, pl.254).

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