Louis XVI period, circa 1780, Paris
Stamped by Adrien DUPAIN (master in 1772)
Dimensions : H 99 x W 191 x D 60 cm
This sofa "à la Reine" is made of beech wood richly carved and gilded with leaves. It rests on seven tapered legs, carved with a double ring under the connecting thimble, then with rudent flutes, and finally with a ring and an oblong foot.
The straight and flat backrest, in the shape of a hat, is surmounted at its ends by gadrooned tassels. The armrests are connected very high in the backrest, a mark of the greatest chair carpenters of the late 18th century, such as SENE and JACOB.
On the belt, there is a very beautiful frieze of water leaves, which on the back is highlighted by a line of oblique gadroons. The care and richness of the sculpture on the heads and armrests should also be noted: The ornaments used are abundant and vigorous, from perfectly executed spirals to large acanthus leaves, rows of pearls, flutes and candlesticks.
Adrien DUPAIN is less known to the general public than Séné and Jacob because his production was, by far, less abundant. But most of the chairs he produced are, as for this sofa, of exceptional quality. Let us recall that DUPAIN worked essentially for the Crown, and provided in particular many seats for Marie-Antoinette.
22 000 €