Jean-Baptiste-Claude Séné, Master in 1769
Louis XVI period
Dimensions : H. 93 x W. 62 x D. 55 cm
Jean-Baptiste-Claude Séné (1747-1803), is one of the greatest chair carpenters of the reign of Louis XVI. His production is just as careful as that of Georges Jacob. Sené dedicated the first years of his career to the service of private customers to whom he delivered refined and perfectly proportioned seats. Séné is a precursor, he is a follower of pure lines. From 1785 to 1791, he supplied the Garde-Meuble de la Couronne with Jean-Baptiste Boulard. Let us note the orders for the castles of Fontainebleau, Compiègne, Saint-Cloud, Versailles. Séné also supplied several members of the royal family.
The flat-backed armchairs, known as "à la Reine" are wider and much more comfortable than the cabriolet armchairs. In the 18th century, they were ordered by an elite, whether aristocrats or commoners. Today, the price difference between classic cabriolets and flat backs signed by a great master is even more marked.
This pair of armchairs is made of molded and carved beech wood and lacquered in white cream. They are flat backs "hanse de panier", and rest on fluted and filleted feet.
Some details that make the difference:
- The armrests are curved, they embrace very high in the back
- The heads of the armrests are short, well rounded, with extremely careful scrolls
- The execution of the flutes is remarkable: they are deep, very regular, and decorated with candles. The connecting pieces are richly sculpted with flowers
- The sculpture of the feet is very accomplished: the flutes are framed at the bottom and top by rings and counter-rings, and the tips of the feet are carved in the shape of pears.
The condition of these seats is excellent. The woods are original in their entirety. The woods are sound, and the lacquer is original as well. These seats have been restored and reupholstered a few years ago by very good craftsmen; they have obviously not been used or used very little since. We sell them in the same condition as we bought them, which allows us to present them at a very interesting price.
4 600 €