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Pair of Side Chairs (chaises à la reine)

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Pair of Side Chairs (chaises à la reine)


Jean Boucault (French, 1705 - 1786, master 1728)




Paris, France (Place Created)


about 1765–1770


Gessoed and gilded beech; modern silk velvet upholstery

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Object Description

Furniture became increasingly specialized in the 1700s in France, as craftsmen produced objects for use on every occasion. Chairs came in a variety of shapes and sizes, such as these chaises à la reine, which were low and comfortably padded--suitable to be drawn close to a fire. They were once part of a fifteen-piece suite of seating furniture acquired secondhand from the upholsterer Claude-François Capin for Louis XVI at the palace of Versailles.

1783 - 1792

French Crown, Garde-Meuble de la Couronne (château de Versailles, France), part of a suite of furniture acquired by the order of the baron de Breteuil and delivered by the tapissier Capin in 1783, nationalized by the revolutionary government in 1792.

1792 - 1793

French government, Convention Nationale, Garde-Meuble National, sold November 25, 1793 (5 frimaire, an II), no. 5672, to Gastinet for 1,610 livres.

1793 -

Gastinet, French, (Paris (France))

Before 1885

Galerie Cazeau-Béraudière [sold, Paris, May 18-30, 1885, part of no. 902]


Duveen Brothers, Inc. (New York, New York)
Source: Inventories of Duveen showrooms: French eighteenth century in Duveen showrooms, undated. Duveen Bros. stock documentation, GRI, 2007.D.1, b. 677, under no. 394 & 395; Collectors' Files, Dillman, Anna Dodge, Catalogue of Works of Art proof, b. 367, f. 1.

- 1970

Anna Thomson Dodge, American, born Scotland, 1871 - 1970 (Rose Terrace, Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan)

1970 - 1971

Estate of Anna Thomson Dodge, American, born Scotland, 1871 - 1970 [sold, The Highly Important Collection of French Furniture and Works of Art, Christie's, London, June 24, 1971, lot 65, through French and Company to the J. Paul Getty Museum.]
Source: French and Company invoice, June 28, 1971, in the files of the Sculpture and Decorative Arts department, J. Paul Getty Museum.

The J. Paul Getty Collection of French Decorative Arts (October 3, 1972 to August 31, 1973)
  • The Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit), October 3, 1972 to August 31, 1973