27 May 1999
A LOUIS XV CANED BEECHWOOD FAUTEUIL A COIFFER
With heart-shaped caned back, within a channelled frame above a heart-form caned seat with conforming padded brown-leather-covered cushion flanked by molded downswept armsupports, above a channelled seatrail, on fan-headed slightly cabriole molded legs, the seat rail with painted inventory number D-W 1468
The David-Weill Collection
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Connaisance des Arts, September 1973, p. 70
New York, Frederick P. Victoria, The Master Chair-maker's Art: France 1710-1800, 1984, cat. 15
New York, Rosenberg & Stiebel, Madame du Pompadour, 1990
This remarkable armchair, with its sinuously framed heart-shaped back and seat, is one of only two known of this extraordinary model for a fauteuil coiffer. The other example is in the Muse des Arts Dcoratifs, Paris, formerly in the Carlhian Collection and donated to the museum by Frederick P. Victoria in memory of his late son, Frederick. The heart shape of the back of the example offered here is further emphasized through the fact that it is pierced above the seat, while the Paris example is panelled at that point. Although neither example is stamped, so individual is the design of these chairs that they must originate from the same menuisier's workshop.
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