The J. Paul Getty Museum

Four Side Chairs (chaises à la reine)

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

Object Details


Four Side Chairs (chaises à la reine)


Jacques Gondoin (French, 1737 - 1818)
François-Toussaint Foliot (French, 1748 - about 1839, master 1773)
probably carved by Toussaint Foliot (French, about 1715 - 1798, master 1732)




Paris, France (Place Created)




Gessoed and gilded beech; modern silk upholstery

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88.9 × 53.3 × 50.8 cm (35 × 21 × 20 in.)

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Object Description

These chairs were part of a suite of eight side chairs and eight armchairs made for the French queen Marie-Antoinette (reigned 1774-1792). Designed in the Neoclassical style with carved bands of ivy, laurel wreaths, and fluting, they stood in the salon du rocher of the Belvedere Pavilion located in the gardens of the palace of Versailles.

1781 - before 1784

French Crown, Garde-Meuble de la Couronne (salon du rocher, the Belvédère, the Petit Trianon, Versailles, France), ordered from the menuisier François-Toussaint Foliot on November 29, 1780 for use by Marie-Antoinette. Delivered in July of 1781 and subsequently transferred to the queen's personal garde-meuble by 1784.

by 1784 - 1792

French Crown, Garde-Meuble de la Reine (salon du rocher, the Belvédère, the Petit Trianon, Versailles, France), nationalized by the revolutionary government in 1792.

1792 - 1793

French government, Convention Nationale, Garde-Meuble National, sold for 2,300 livres to Citizen Sellier in September of 1793.

1793 -
- 1881

Léopold Double (Paris, France) [sold, Paris, May 30-June 1, 1881, no. 427]


Comte Henri Greffulhe, French, 1848 - 1932 (Paris, France)


Duveen Brothers, Inc. (New York City, New York)
Source: Inventory of Antique Furniture and Objets d'Art Purchased Abroad by Mrs. Hugh Dillman [...], Collectors' Files, Dillman, Anna Dodge. Duveen Brothers stock documentation, GRI, 2007.D.1, b. 367, f. 1, under no. 347-350.

- 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 66, 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
Splendors of Versailles (April 1 to August 31, 1998) (71.DA.93.2 only)
  • Mississippi Arts Pavilion (Jackson), April 1 to August 31, 1998

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Constans, Claire, and Xavier Salmon, eds. Splendors of Versailles, exh. cat. (Jackson: Mississippi Arts Pavilion, with The Mississippi Commission for International Cultural Exchange, 1998), p. 193, no. 99, ill.

Richard, Pascale. Versailles, the American Story (Paris: Alain de Gourcuff, 1999), p. 72, ill.

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Christie's, London. Taste of the Royal Court: Important French Furniture from a Private Collection. July 9, 2015, pp. 142-143, ill.