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Please note that there are minor variations to the chairs including the carving of the front seat-rails and the profile of the front legs: of the nine, five have the thicker leg profile and four have the thinner.
These chairs (lots 151-152), together with so much of the exceptional Louis XV French furniture and Sèvres porcelain at Woburn, were probably acquired by John, 4th Duke of Bedford (d.1771) following his appointment as Ambassador to the Court of Louis XV in 1762. Although his successor, the 5th Duke, continued to acquire French furniture through the marchand-merciers Daguerre and Lignereux from 1787, and his brother the 6th Duke directly in Paris following the Peace of Amiens in 1803, their tastes were always in the vanguard of fashion.
Similar cabriolet chairs stamped by the menuisier Lebas, with laureled and cabochon cartouches, were amongst the French furniture acquired by Lord Montheimer and recorded by Horace Walpole at Montagu House, London in 1764. Now at Boughton, they are discussed in T.Murdoch (ed.), Boughton House, The English Versailles, London, 1992, p.24, pl.6.