Exceptionally rare Louis
XVI solid mahogany low bergère. The
unusual form of the chair is unique, with no other example known. It was designed
never to be upholstered and was probably ordered to afford the owner a
comfortable place to sit while his muddy boots were being removed after the Hunt without
soiling precious fabrics. The bergère is attributed to Georges Jacob who made a
small number of solid acajou chairs designed to be used without fabrics such
as those for Marie-Antoinette’s Dairy at Rambouillet. The damp air in the dairy
would have caused the fabrics to rot and mildew.
There are two anchor brands
each with an “A” and a “4”, probably an inventory brand for one
of the four chateaux beginning with the letter “A” which were owned by the duc
de Penthièvre, the Grand Amiral de France.
The most probable is a hunting lodge that is a dependency of the château d’Anet, the Pavillon
du Carré, (the Pavilion of the Square) which is located near Anet in the
Dreux forest. There are also two single fleur
de lis brands.
Illustrated: Le Style Louis XVI: Philippe Jullian; Baschet et Cie., Paris. Page 181, Nº 6.
France Antiquités Magazine: March, 2001. Page 15
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