Nicolas HEURTAUT and Jean-Baptiste Tilliard are the two greatest seat carpenters of the Louis XV period. From the Museum of Decorative Arts to the Louvre Museum, from the Cleveland Museum to the Frick Collection in New York, from the Palace of Versailles to the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg, his works can be found in the world's greatest museums. To understand the extraordinary place Nicolas Heurtaut occupies, it is necessary to know that before becoming a carpenter, he was trained in drawing and sculpture at the Saint Luc academy, the grail of the time. During eleven years, he drew models and made sculptural motifs six days a week and ten hours a day. This master sculptor of genius was quickly noticed by Jean-Baptiste Tilliard - carpenter of the crown - who made him his preferred sculptor. Then, Nicolas Heurtaut worked for the greatest families as a carpenter after having obtained the double master's degree.
Nicolas Heurtaut is the leader of classicism as a carpenter in seats. Balance and proportion are his rules. His sculpture is deep, agile and nervous. We find in this series of eight armchairs several characteristics of the master: the shape of the backrest with low shoulders, the protruding volutes of the front feet, the double staple of the front belt, staple taken up in the side belt.
These armchairs have flat backs, known as "à la Reine". The wood used is beech wood, of high quality without knots or defects. The curved legs are perfectly balanced and end with a beautiful acanthus leaf. The state of preservation is remarkable, no enture is to be reported on the 32 feet. The woods are healthy, and the crossbeams are in perfect condition. It is worth mentioning some reconstructed toes, and traces under the crossbeams of an old lacquer laid in the 19th century and removed to find the original state.
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