A SUITE OF LOUIS XVI CREAM-PAINTED AND PARCEL-GILT SEAT FURNITURE
A SUITE OF LOUIS XVI CREAM-PAINTED AND PARCEL-GILT SEAT FURNITURE

BY JEAN-BAPTISTE GOURDIN

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A SUITE OF LOUIS XVI CREAM-PAINTED AND PARCEL-GILT SEAT FURNITURE
By Jean-Baptiste Gourdin
Comprising six fauteuils and one canap, each fauteuil with oval padded back, arms and bow-fronted seat covered in light green and gold silk damask with floral vases and doves resting on floral wreaths, the frame carved with entrelac, the back surmounted by laurel wreath with flowers, the arms carved with paterae and surmounted by lappeted finials, the seat-rail centred by acanthus on tapering fluted legs surmounted by paterae, the canap conformingly decorated, five chairs and the canap stamped 'I GOURDIN', one of them twice, two chairs stamped 'B' to the front-rail, one chair with repaired cresting, one with repaired back leg and the front right leg of the canap loose
The canap, 52 in. (133 cm.) wide; the fauteuils, 39 in. (100 cm.) high (7)
Provenance
Arturo Lopez-Willshaw, sold Sotheby's Monaco, 23/24 June 1976, lot 89.
Sale room notice
Four fauteuils from this suite are illustrated in situ in Le Pavillon Lopez-Willshaw, Neuilly, in C. Connolly & J. Zerbe, Les Pavillons, London, 1962, p. 197. Arturo Lopez-Willshaw had acquired the pavilion in 1923 and recreated the age of Versailles with furniture and contemporary pictures, including Madame de Pompadour's microscope, a surtout de table by Meissonnier with vessels by Franois Thomas Germain and a silver-gilt service of Catherine the Great's.

Lot Essay

Jean-Baptiste Gourdin, matre in 1748.

Jean-Baptiste Gourdin was recorded in rue de Clry near his father's workshop. Active until 1776, he completed commissions for the Prince de Soubise.

These fauteuils are closely related to Jean-Charles Delafosse's patterns for armchairs of circa 1770-1775 (B. Pallot, The Art of the Chair in Eighteenth-Century France, Paris, 1989, p. 37). A similar fauteuil in the Muse des Arts Dcoratifs, Paris, is illustrated in Salverte, Les Ebnistes du XVIIIe Sicle, Paris, 1953, plate XXVIII while another related fauteuil by Delanois, dated to circa 1770 and with similar entrelac decoration, acanthus clasps and square blocks heading the arm supports, is illustrated in S. Eriksen, Early Neo-Classicism in France, London, 1974, no. 165. A further related suite of seat furniture by Adrien-Pierre Dupain (matre in 1772) was sold anonymously at Tajan, Paris, 22 March 1996, lot 90.
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