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A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI GILTWOOD FAUTEUILS
VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 2… Read more This superb suite of seat-furniture was executed by the celebrated menuisier Jean-Bapiste III Lelarge, who took the reins of his father's workshop, Jean-Baptiste II, on the latter's death in 1771. Jean-Baptiste III subsequently became a master in 1775 but continued to use his father's stamp. The continuation of the use of the stamp makes attributions more difficult but one can assume that most Louis XV chairs were executed by the father and those in Louis XVI style were executed by the son. The present fauteuils are embellished with various carved motifs almost certainly carried out by a specialised sculpteur, and have a distinctively shaped back with a an arched toprail and lower backrail. This shape of back first features in designs executed by Jean-Louis Prieur for the Royal Palace in Warsaw in 1766 (B. Pallot, The Art of the Chair in 18th Century France, Paris, 1989, p. 194), but it does not appear that these designs were carried out. Various chair-makers executed variants of this model including superb examples by Claude Sené and Georges Jacob, and a virtually identical fauteuil on which the marquis d'Ossun is seated appears in a portrait by Drouais (d. 1775) which is illustrated in M. Jarry, Le Siège Français, Fribourg, 1973, pl. 27.
A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI GILTWOOD FAUTEUILS

BY JEAN-BAPTISTE III LELARGE, CIRCA 1785

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A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI GILTWOOD FAUTEUILS
BY JEAN-BAPTISTE III LELARGE, CIRCA 1785
Each with arched flowered entrelac covered rectangular padded back and seat covered in yellow floral striped silk, on acanthus and rosette headed spirally-fluted legs, one stamped 1I.B. LELARGE', with printed label '336' or '16 336' one branded 'B', later blocks;
36¾ in. (93.5 cm.) high (2)
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Jean-Baptiste III Lelarge, maître in 1775.

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