Pair of "à la reine" armchairs in walnut molded and carved. The medallion back decorated with two beautiful carved flowers in the center, armrests with lined cuffs, console brackets fluted and rudentés. It rest on four tapered and fluted legs headed with rosettes.
Stamped Pierre BERNARD (received as a master January 24, 1766).
Louis XVI period.
Pierre BERNARD (1730 - 1788, received master in 1766) :
Coming from a family of cabinetmakers and established in their neighborhood, in the Faubourg Saint-Antoine, Pierre BERNARD will choose to be a menuisier. His production will be of a high quality of execution, from the strong sculpture of his Louis XV seats to the elegant classicism of his Transition and Louis XVI seats. The sculptor Charles JOIGNY would have participated in the ornementation of his works, to the fine carving, of a great simplicity, and to the balanced proportions.
The quality of Pierre BERNARD work will bring him a good clientele, including some rich collectors such as the Marquis de LABORDE (1724-1794, fermier général then banker of the Crown) who ordered a magnificent set of seats for the Château de Méréville, or the Marquis de BRETEUIL who ordered him in 1771 for the Château de Breteuil an exceptional set composed of a bergère, six armchairs, a screen and a sofa covered with Aubusson tapestries decorated with the fables of La Fontaine, still preserved at the castle and whose family still has the order forms.
In order to distinguish himself from his cousin cabinetmaker namesake, he will stamp his seats with a rather original circular mark, while his cousin stamped "Pierre Bernard ébéniste". After 1770 and the death of the latter, he will begin to use the stamp "P. Bernard" on a single line.
. Paris, Musée des arts décoratifs – Fauteuil Transition en cabriolet.
. Paris, Musée des arts décoratifs – Fauteuil Transition canné.
. Paris, Musée des arts décoratifs – Fauteuil Louis XVI à la reine.
. Paris, Musée Camondo
. Breteuil, château – Ensemble composé d’une bergère, six fauteuils, un écran et un canapé, garniture de tapisseries d’Aubusson aux fables de La Fontaine, commandé en 1771 pour le château de Breteuil.
. Londres, Waddesdon Manor – Six fauteuils et deux bergères Louis XVI à la reine.
. Pierre Kjellberg, "Le Mobilier français du XVIIIe siècle", Les Éditions de l'Amateur, Paris 2008.
. Comte François de Salverte, "Les Ébénistes du XVIIIe siècle", Les Éditions d'Art et d'Histoire, 1934.
. Bill G. P. Pallot, "L’Art du siège au XVIIIe siècle en France", A.C.R. Gismondi Éditeurs, 1987.
. "The James A. de Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor, Furniture, Clocks and Gilt Bronzes", vol. II, London, 1974.
. G. Janneau, "Les Sièges", Paris, 1967.
7 000 €
Price : on request