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A LOUIS XVI GREY-PAINTED CANAPE
FRENCH CLASSICISM: SELECTIONS FROM THE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF MICHAEL SIMON (LOTS 201-234)
A LOUIS XVI GREY-PAINTED CANAPE

BY JEAN-BAPTISTE BERNARD DEMAY, CIRCA 1785

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A LOUIS XVI GREY-PAINTED CANAPE
BY JEAN-BAPTISTE BERNARD DEMAY, CIRCA 1785
The floral and laurel-carved crestrail above columnar supported arms, covered in yellow silk and satin lampas, stamped twice JBB DEMAY to each side rail
59½ in. (150.5 cm.) wide
Provenance
Possibly the Marquise de Ganay.
Probably with Connoisseur Gallery, New York, 1960.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 23 October 1998, lot 167.
Literature
R. Constantino, How to Know French Antiques, New York, 1961, p. 195 (For the matching suite in the Metropolitan Museum of Art):
F.J.B. Watson, The Wrightsman Collection, New York, vol. I, 1966, p. 70.
M. Jarry, Le Siège Français, Fribourg, 1973, fig. 240

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Lot Essay

Jean-Baptiste Bernard Demay, maître in 1784.

This superb canapé, with its precisely chiseled, jewel-like carving, is probably from an important suite of seat furniture formerly in the collection of the Marquise de Ganay, which comprised at least two canapés, two bergeres, two fauteuils à la reine, and six fauteuils en cabriolet, of which part remains in The Wrightsman Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Seven pieces from the suite are discussed in Watson, op. cit.,, pp. 68-70, of which two fauteuils à la reine and two fauteuils en cabriolet were subsequently sold Sotheby's Monaco, 22 June 1991, lot 445, and 18 June 1994, lot 152 respectively. Four further very similar fauteuils by Demay were sold by the heirs of Princesse Cécile-Caroline Murat, Palais Galliéra, Paris, 2 March 1961.

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