Extremely rare snow sled in gilded wood, lacquered and decorated with martin varnish on a gold background.
Our sled is presented in its original perfect condition, with its Martin varnish decoration underlined with blue foliage and framed by gilded wood borders decorated with rockeries embellished with flowers.
The green lacquered wooden glides are connected to the body by three gilded wooden clips under the seat and a wrought iron volute.
They join the front and form an escutcheon bearing a roaring chimera.
The leather bench has a scalloped backrest with its old red leather.
The sled is complete with the driver's rear seat, the footrest or even the brakes… which are in working order.
French or Flanders work around 1740
Height: 120 cm; Width: 210 cm; Depth: 102 cm
For snow sleds:
-Museum Nienoord de Leek
-Museum of the coaches of the Palace of Versailles with the six sledges used during the reign of Louis XV
-Museum of the car at the castle of Compiègne
Our opinion :
The sled that we present is of the greatest rarity.
If this type of means of locomotion was invented even before the wheel for the transport of heavy loads, it will take a whole new development during the Renaissance.
The sleigh will become a means of entertainment for the European princely courts.
The cost of such a vehicle, which required the intervention of a carpenter, a saddler, an ironworker, a varnisher and a gilder was considerable; to this was added the need
large spaces to be able to fully enjoy these long walks.
Rare archives tell us that real races were organized in the Park of the Palace of Versailles.
For these winter celebrations, luxury was at its height, the leader and his mount wore special, richly embroidered outfits and headdresses trimmed with feathers.
The painting by the painter Claude Deruet "water", kept at the Orléans museum, perfectly illustrates the majesty of these course entertainment.
Very few of these sleds were produced and even fewer have survived.
Rarer than the sedan chair or the coach, the snow sled is a sumptuous witness to the princely art of living.
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