Offered by Franck Baptiste Paris
16th to 19th century furniture and works of art
Rare desk chair in dark cane solid beech wood.
Model called "couillard" with a gondola backrest and a curved seat resting on four arched legs ending in acanthus.
The thick crosspieces are fretted and molded and centered with reserves decorated with flowers.
The whiplash armrests are an extension of the backrest; the high cross has an asymmetrical acanthus at the top.
Very good state of preservation.
Beautiful original patina.
The interior crosspiece stamped "I.BOUCAULT" for Jean Boucault.*
Parisian work from the Louis XV period around 1760.
Height: 94cm; Depth: 65 cm Width: 64 cm
*Jean Boucault, is a carpenter in seats received master in Paris in 1728, he settled rue de Cléry. Although his activity lasted more than fifty years, the number of his works was not very abundant. His Louis XV, Transition and Louis XVI style productions are of good quality, worked with great care and great elegance and soberly sculpted or simply molded. It is mentioned that he would have worked for the Garde Meuble de la Cour. It will cease its activities in 1780.
Our opinion :
As with all of Jean Boucault's chairs, the office chair we are presenting displays great originality while maintaining pure lines.
If the majority of seats of this type consist of two high side rails and two armrests, the master innovates on our chair by using a single part for each side; the backrest and armrest being cut from the same piece of wood.
To achieve this feat, he compensates for the large amplitude of this piece of wood with two small additions which complete the curves of the shoulders.
It treats each low side crosspiece like a classic armchair front crosspiece, with a pattern centered on a heavily molded crosspiece.
Jean Boucault is one of the carpenters most appreciated by seat collectors, because of his creativity which is never at the expense of comfort and robustness.
Our copy, particularly nervous while remaining very fluid, perfectly illustrates the talent that this artist will implement throughout the reign of Louis XV.