Pair of Armchairs (fauteuils à la reine)

Object Details

Title:

Pair of Armchairs (fauteuils à la reine)

Artist/Maker:

Jean Avisse (French, 1723 - after 1796, master 1745)

Culture:

French

Place:

Paris, France, Europe (Place created)

Date:

about 1750–1755

Medium:

Gilded beechwood; modern silk upholstery

Object Number:

83.DA.230

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Patrons normally ordered carved furniture such as these armchairs in sets from a menuisier. In addition to the chairs, the set might have included settees, firescreens, folding screens, tables, and mirrors. All would have formed a large matching group with similar carving, gilding, and upholstery.

Intricately carved Rococo motifs of leaves, flowers, and vines decorate these armchairs. Jean Avisse, a leading chairmaker of the mid-1700s, probably made them to furnish a large reception room in a Parisian town house.

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