Pair of Side Chairs (chaises à la reine)

Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum South Pavilion, Gallery S113

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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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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.

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1783 - 1792

French Crown, Garde-Meuble de la Couronne, 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, Garde-Meuble National, sold November 25, 1793 (5 frimaire, an II), no. 5672, to Gastinet for 1,610 livres.

1793 -

Gastinet, French

Before 1885

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


Duveen Brothers, Inc.
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

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. J. Paul Getty Early Administrative Records, 1939, 1949-1986, undated. Getty Research Institute, IA10003, box 1986.IA.55-6, folder 7, April 1971 - January 1971.