SUITE DE QUATRE GRANDS FAUTEUILS À CHÂSSIS ET À DOSSIER PLAT

Lot 21
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80000 - 100000 EUR
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Result : 142 850EUR
SUITE DE QUATRE GRANDS FAUTEUILS À CHÂSSIS ET À DOSSIER PLAT
* SUITE OF FOUR LARGE ARMCHAIRS WITH FLAT BACK AND FRAME
French work, around 1720
CARVED AND GILDED WOOD, EXCEPTIONAL TAPESTRY
WITH SAINT-CYR STITCHES OF THE PERIOD
H. 114 cm W. 69 cm D. 61 cm

Chips of the gilding on the four seats and particularly on the back of three of them.
three of them.
On one (Philemon), a tear on the seat of 7 x 7 cm on a background of
foliage. On the same one, the modern green silk on the back of the backrest is
torn.

The gilded woods are partly 18th century: note that the armchairs in the present sale are numbered VI, VII, IX and X. The one numbered IX has kept its 18th century front belt but the rest is later.
The gilding was redone in the 19th century.

The sculpted decoration is of a great fantasy with at the top of the
a shell, a branch running on the frames, acanthus
acanthus on the armrests. If we admire
the dexterity of the cabinetmaker, one must also recognize that of the
upholsterer. The tapestry known as "aux points de Saint-Cyr" with
silver threads is of an exceptional quality as well at the level of the
level of the tones that of the subjects.
The seats are decorated with scenes from the Fables of La Fontaine
with animals in a cartel on a background of flowers:
owl and eaglet, two dogs, a dog and an eagle and finally,
a fable of a wolf fallen into a well in the presence of a dog.
This last seat is damaged in the middle.
The backs represent Vertumne and Pomona, Philemon and
Baucis, Amphion, and a fourth unidentified in a cartel
on a background of flowers (wear in particular to a seat and oxidation of
oxidation of the metal wires).
The armrests are very far back. The cuffs of
of the same period are rolled up.

Provenance:
These armchairs were originally part of a much larger set
which was sold at the time of the succession of Mrs. d'Yvon in 1892, and
in 1892, and again in 1936, Collection of Mr. François Coty,
then the Seligmann Collection.
- Estate of Madame d'Yvon (Fig. 1)
Sale from May 30 to June 4, 1892 at the Galerie Georges Petit.
Lot N° 675, p 205 of the sale catalog, section tapestries:
" Very beautiful salon furniture, Louis XIV period, composed of a sofa
and ten large armchairs, in carved and gilded wood. The pediments and
the bands decorate shells on cartridges with foliage and hearts, the bottom
sown with palms, the feet and amounts of armrests with ornaments euronnés
and foliage. The sofa covered in tapestry in small point, part embroidered
silver and enriched with metallic sequins with ruby highlights, has the
back three medallions with mythological and rural subjects, with superb
framed with hearts, birds and foliage. The top of the sofa presents
three medallions with allegorical subjects to the Fables of La Fontaine, with background and
similar to that of the back. The armchairs are also decorated, with
backs in tapestry to the small embroidered point and woven of silver by part, of
medallions with allegorical subjects to the history of the gods and the goddesses and, on the seats, subjects
the seats, subjects inspired by the Fables of La Fontaine, with frame and
background with hearts and ornaments.
- Sale of the Collections gathered by Mr François Coty (1874-1935)
at the Château du Puy d'Artigny and the Pavillon du Barry in Louveciennes.
Paintings, objects of art at the Galerie Jean Charpentier on November 30
and December 1, 1936, lot N° 78.
- Former Seligmann Collection.

Bibliography :
- Louis XIV - Fastes et Décors, Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs,
May to October 1960 N° 7, plate XL VII
- Madeleine Jarry, Le siège français, edited by Fribourg, 1973, fig. 84, Royal
Ontario museum.
- Bill G.B. Pallot, Furniture Collections in the Louvre, Dijon, 2003, vol II,
No. 5, page 33.
- A pair of the same model, formerly in the collection of Count
Robert-Henri de Caumont - La Force (1925-2005).
- Two armchairs of our series appear on page 126, photo n° 104 of the book
of Pierre Kjellberg, Le meuble français et européen du Moyen-Âge à nos jours
Editions de l'Amateur, 1991 (Doc. Ader Picard Tajan).

References:
- See a very similar model, the seats ordered around 1675
by Antoine Crozat, marquis du Châtel (1655-1738)
- Four armchairs were sold at Christie's in Monaco
on December 7, 1987, lot n° 116.
- The sofa and a pair of armchairs were acquired by the Royal Ontario Museum
of Ontario in Toronto (illustrated in Madeleine Jarry's book).
- Four armchairs were sold in the 1960s to M. Rossignol
and resold at Ader Picard Tajan on March 17, 1988, lot n° 58.
- Four armchairs sold c
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