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A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI GREY-PAINTED BERGERES
A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI GREY-PAINTED BERGERES

CIRCA 1780, ONE FAINTLY STAMPED I.B. SENE AND WITH ANOTHER INDISTINCT STAMP

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A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI GREY-PAINTED BERGERES
Circa 1780, one faintly stamped I.B. SENE and with another indistinct stamp
Each with arched upholstered backs, the frames carved with repetitive-leaf pattern leading to downswept arms with scrolled terminals on fluted supports flanking bow-fronted seats with loose cushions, upholstered throughout in green floral patterned silk, raised on five paterae capped turned and stop-fluted tapering legs, top half of central leg to one replaced a horizontal cut, the blocks to the underside of the seats replaced (2)

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Jean-Baptiste Claude Sené, maître 10 May 1769.

This reinterpretation of the traditional form of chair, with the addition of a fifth leg in the center of the front seatrail, is quite rare in 18th century french seat furniture. It is seen mainly in the mid-18th century on Louis XV chairs. The third front leg placed in the center of the seat-rail allows for a wider seat frame and overall proportions, while reinforcing the stability of the structure. While the more legible of the two stamps on the one bergere is undoubtedly that of Jean-Baptiste Claude Sené, the second stamp is illegible.
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