Dalva Brothers Antiques, Antique Furniture, New York
Pair early Louis XV walnut armchairs with à chassis
Pair early Louis XV walnut armchairs with à chassis upholstery. The fauteuils are magnificently carved with a rich repertoire of rococo motifs including bat wings, cabochons in unsymmetrical cartouches and very unusual floral stems that seem to entwine the back’s edge molding and appear in full relief near the top.
Signed: L. Cresson The chairs are part of a group of superb French furniture given to Yale University by Archer Huntington, the stepson of Collis P. Huntington, the benefactor of the Huntington Collection in Pasadena, California. Yale has sold these pieces over a period of many years. A desk from the collection is now in The Metropolitan Museum.
Ex Collection: Rodolphe Kann (#153 in Volume II of the catalogue of his collection.) Duveen Archer Huntington Yale University Inventory Number 217 on one chair, and on the slip seat of the other.