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Pair of styling chairs for the King's Menus Pleasures, N. Blanchard
Pair of styling chairs for the King's Menus Pleasures, N. Blanchard  - Seating Style Louis XV Pair of styling chairs for the King's Menus Pleasures, N. Blanchard  - Pair of styling chairs for the King's Menus Pleasures, N. Blanchard  - Louis XV Antiquités - Pair of styling chairs for the King's Menus Pleasures, N. Blanchard
Ref : 92565
23 000 €
Period :
18th century
Artist :
Jean-Nicolas BLANCHARD
Provenance :
Hôtel des Menus Plaisir Versailles
Medium :
Beech wood
Dimensions :
l. 24.8 inch X H. 32.28 inch X P. 20.47 inch
Seating  - Pair of styling chairs for the King's Menus Pleasures, N. Blanchard 18th century - Pair of styling chairs for the King's Menus Pleasures, N. Blanchard Louis XV - Pair of styling chairs for the King's Menus Pleasures, N. Blanchard Antiquités - Pair of styling chairs for the King's Menus Pleasures, N. Blanchard
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Pair of styling chairs for the King's Menus Pleasures, N. Blanchard

Extremely rare pair of “styling” convertible armchairs in cream lacquered beech wood.
The violin and curved files have large central notches, they are attached by staples to the lower part.
The armrests are nervously treated "in boost"; the delicately scalloped and molded crosspieces rest on four arched feet terminated by volutes in the lower part and by stylized fans in the upper part.

The two armchairs stamped "N.BLANCHARD" * under the front rails and "MP" under the side rails.

Perfect condition, original lacquer.

Parisian work from the Louis XV period around 1770 by Jean-Nicolas Blanchard, probably commissioned by the Crown Guardian for the Hôtel des Menus Plaisirs du Roi * in Versailles.

Dimensions:

Height: 82 cm; Width: 63 cm; Depth: 52 cm


Our opinion :

The mark "MP" was used to mark the rooms of the hotel of the Menus Pleasure of the King located in Versailles, it is found on rare pieces, such as for example on a serving dish or a copper saucepan kept at the castle (Inv V2013.7).
Our MP stamp with iron, with its rectangular matrix around it, is therefore a discreet mark of property.
The use of our armchairs corresponds perfectly to this destination; the notches in the backs made it possible to adjust the headdresses and wigs of the actors and musicians, the institution being in charge of the king's troops and the organization of shows.
The stamp of the famous supplier to the royal family, "Blanchard the Younger", also confirms this hypothesis.
If at first glance, our seats may seem "lambda" to a neophyte, the connoisseur's eye will immediately recognize the nervousness and depth of the moldings which constitute the essential elements of a very high-quality seat.
The rarity of the shapes, the provenance, the perfect state of preservation and the Blanchard stamp are all elements that allow us to affirm that this pair of seats is quite simply museable.
Produced at the height of the Enlightenment, in our eyes it constitutes the quintessence of the decorative arts under the Ancien Régime, where the arts and fashion will place Versailles at the center of the world.



* Jean-Nicolas Blanchard known as "the young", was received at his master's degree in 1771 and took over the workshop of his brother Sylvain, on the latter's death, a workshop located rue de Cléry under the name of the "White Cat" . He became one of the suppliers of the Palace of Versailles and quickly acquired a very great reputation. He produced both large Louis XV style armchairs, Transition seats and Louis XVI armchairs, more classic but still the whole thing. of fine quality, with noble lines and a perfect finish. He adorned his works with sculptures of roses, foliage, floral garlands, bows of ribbons and acanthus, sculptures of extreme finesse without ever the slightest overload. also worked for many renowned upholsterers such as the Presle brothers He ceased his activities some time before the Revolution but is still mentioned under the Directory.

Museums:
Broken Duchess Louis XV - Carnavalet Museum
Shepherdess Louis XV to the queen - Louvre museum
Transition armchair - Lambinet Museum - Versailles
Very large Louis XVI confidants sofa - Calouste Gulbenkian - Lisbon

Bibliography:
18th Century French Furniture - Pierre Kjellberg - Les Editions de l'Amateur - 2008
18th century cabinetmakers - Count François de Salverte - Editions of Art and History - 1934


* The King's Pleasures Menus

* The Menus-Plaisirs, commonly known as "the Menus", formed an important branch of the administration of the king's household.
In practice, it included the preparation of the ceremonies, festivals, and performances of the court. The Menus-Plaisirs were run first by a treasurer, and later by a steward. There were "stewards of the small pleasures and affairs of the king's chamber." Already, under Henri III, this administration absorbed annually, by itself, a sum of 70 million pounds tournaments.
The direction of the spectacles of the court became thereafter one of the most important responsibilities of the intendant of the Menus, and, by this fact, became somewhat entangled with that of the Opera because, under Louis XIV, who lived generally Versailles or Saint-Germain, the first performances of new works were almost always given in one of these two cities, as under Louis XV they were often given in Fontainebleau, where the king visited each year. As certain sets and costumes returned to the Opera after having served at court, this situation resulted in incessant contact between the two administrations, so that the smallest pleasures were a priority.

Antiquités Franck Baptiste

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Fauteuil & Bergere Louis XV