in the manner of Daniel Marot
and including two later copies, the tall backs with pierced foliate scoll motifs within decorated frames, the stuffed seats covered in varying needlework, the ornate legs joined by an X-shaped stretcher, on bun feet, possibly incorporating late 17th century elements
These chairs show the influence of Daniel Marot, the emigré French architect who helped shape artistic development in the Netherlands and England at the turn of the seventeenth century. Although Marot did not design chairs with tall carved backs, his published work showed chairs with upholstered backs on which ornamental patterns were to be applied in braid. Dutch and English furniture makers, who did carve backs for their chairs, were evidently inspired by these braid patterns.
Chairs with similarly carved backs and turned legs united by finial-crowned cross stretchers are illustrated in Danielle Kisluk-Grosheide et al., European Furniture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2006, p. 75, and in Reinier Baarsen, Dutch Furniture 1600-1800, Amsterdam, 1993, also p. 75.
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