Louis Delanois, maître in 1761.
Louis Delanois was one of the most important menuisiers of the 1760's and 1770's, and was among the first to embrace the neo-classical style fashionable among avant-garde collectors of the time. He supplied extensively to marchands-tapissiers, but also numbered among his clients members of the aristocracy with progressive taste, such as the prince de Condé and Mme du Barry. One of his most important commissions was for the King of Poland in 1768-70, when he supplied a significant amount of mobilier after striking neo-classical designs by Louis Prieur.
The architectural form of the chairs offered here, with their fluted, columnar legs and inverted bracket-form voluted arm supports carved with 'antique' Roman acanthus, is typical of Delanois's oeuvre in this period. Similar scrolling arm supports feature on other chairs by Delanois, for instance an example from the collection of comte Jean-Louis de Maigret, Paris (illustrated in S. Eriksen, Early Neo-Classicism in France, London, 1974, fig. 165), and two armchairs illustrated in B. Pallot, The Art of the Chair in Eighteenth France, Paris, 1989, pp. 190 and 288.