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Important Louis XV salon set

France

19th century

Couch / Height : 113 cm (44 1/2 in.) ; Width : 188 cm (74 in.) ; Depth : 64 cm (25 1/4 in.)
Armchairs / Height : 99 cm (39 in.) ; Width : 71 cm (28 in.) ; Depth : 55 cm (21 2/3 in.)
Foot Stool (19th century) / Height : 50 cm (19 2/3 in.) ; Width : 57 cm (22 1/2 in.) ; Depth : 57 cm (22 1/2 in.)

Important Louis XV Salon set, after a model by Heurtaut, comprising an important sofa, six « à la Reine » armchairs and a foot stool. Made of gilded wood, sculpted with acanthus leaves, hearts, flowers, scrolls and shells motifs. Resting on scrolled cabriole legs. The whole set is upholstered with a fine 18th century Beauvais tapestry, in perfect condition, displaying scenes from the tales of Jean de La Fontaine.

Biography

Nicolas Heurtaut (1720-1771) learnt woodcarving in his father’s workshop. In 1742 he became a “maître sculpteur”, and in 1753 “maître menuisier” for chairs. Nicolas Heurtaut worked within different styles, between the Louis XV and the Louis XVI period. He realized many pieces of furniture, but specialized mainly in sittings. Among the 18th century chairs production, his works showing great technical mastery, are considered to be unsurpassed.

Museology

– Domaine de Villarceaux, in Chaussy, the castle built for the Marquis de la Buissière, displays beautiful pieces, among these a fine console by Nicolas Heurtaut

– The Frick Collection : chairs and sofas dating from approximatively 1760, upholstered with Beauvais tapestry (woll and silk) acquired in 1918..

– Cleveland Museum of Art : 1755 chairs (104,7 x 73 x 79.35 cm), donated by Mrs. Severance A. Millikin in 1989.

– Musée du Louvre : gilded beech wood armchairs(1755/1759) coming from the Martial-Louis de Beaupoil de Saint-Aulaire (bishop of Poitiers in 1759) collection, purchased by the museum in 1975.

– Château de Versailles : “à la Reine”1758 armchairs, displayed in the Grand Cabinet of “la Dauphine”; donated by Ortiz-Patino in 1982

Bibliography

Bill G. B. Pallot, « Le menuisier Nicolas Heurtaut chez le Prince de Conti et le Comte d’Artois », L’Estampille/L’Objet d’Art, n° 371, 2002, pp. 68-74.

Bill G. B. Pallot , « Un siège à succès de Nicolas Heurtaut », L’Estampille/L’Objet d’Art, 1994.

Catalogues des Collections : Domaine de Villarceaux, The Frick Collection, Cleveland Museum of Art, Musée du Louvre et Château de Versailles.

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