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Pair of Side Chairs (chaises à la reine)
Jean Boucault (French, 1705 - 1786, master 1728)
Paris, France, Europe (Place created)
about 1765 - 1770
Gessoed and gilded beech; modern silk velvet upholstery
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
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, Garde-Meuble National, sold November 25, 1793 (5 frimaire, an II), no. 5672, to Gastinet for 1,610 livres.
Gastinet, French (Paris (France))
Galerie Cazeau-Béraudière [sold, Paris, May 18-30, 1885, part of no. 902]
Duveen Brothers, Inc. (New York City, New York)
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. Box 1986.IA.55-6, Folder 7, April 1971 - January 1971. J. Paul Getty Early Administrative Records, 1939, 1949-1986, undated. The Getty Research Institute (IA10003).