Jean-Baptiste-Claude (1747-1803) Sené, was one of the greatest carpenters during the reign of Louis XVI. His production is just as meticulous as that of Georges Jacob. Sené devoted the first years of his career to serving private customers, to whom he delivered refined and perfectly proportioned Louis XVI chairs. Sené is a forerunner, he is an adept of pure lines. In this respect, it can be said that some of the chairs made by this carpenter during the Louis XVI period already foreshadowed the style of the Directoire.
From 1785 to 1791, he supplied the "Garde-Meuble de la Couronne" with Jean-Baptiste Boulard. Note the orders for the châteaux of Fontainebleau, Compiègne, Saint-Cloud and Versailles. Sené also supplied several members of the royal family.
In the 18th century, the "Bergère" is the seat of comfort par excellence. Rarer than armchairs, "Bergères" were often ordered individually. The sets of "Bergères" of a prestigious model and executed by a great master carpenter were reserved for the aristocracy and a few rich clients. These "Bergères" are flat-backed, "à la Reine". This is the most sought-after model for Sené.
A few details that make the exception:
The head of the armrest is stylized, the winding is extremely neat.
The armrest is curved and high up in the backrest.
The square moulding is modernistic: It contrasts with the roundness and richness of the acanthus leaf that decorates the bottom of the armrest console.
The fineness of the fluting is remarkable. Their execution is precise to a tenth of a millimetre.
The condition of these seats is irreproachable. The barrels are original
in their entirety. The woods are healthy, and the lacquer is original. These seats have not been restored since the years
60, they are nevertheless in perfect condition. The superb silk
is worn as can be seen in the photos, but only slightly stained.
Price : on request