Large armchairs “à chassis”
Height. : 106 cm (42 in.) ; Length. : 83 cm (32,5 in.) ; Depth. : 65 cm (25,5 in.)
A very fine set of four Regency style « à la Reine » armchairs made in carved and gilded wood, unpholstered with green velvet. Each armchair has a a carved shaped giltwood frame with flower and console legs.
Michel Gourdin (1724-1797), who was made maître menuisier in 1752, comes from a prestigious dynasty of menuisiers under the reigns of Louis XV and Louis XVI : his father, Jean (1690-1764), his brother Jean-Baptiste (1723-1781) and himself. The two brothers decided not to continue their father’s workshop but each one founded his own workshop, depeening their skills and specialities.
Among his famous customers, Marie-Josèphe of Saxe, the Marshal of Contades, the duchess of Charost and the marquis of Poyanne bought furniture from him.
Bill G.B. Pallot, Le Mobilier du Musée du Louvre, Faton, 1995, Volume 2, p.93