The distinctive carvings and shield-shaped backrests of this suite bear great similarity to two sets of chairs made for the Palazzo Pitti in 1797. A set of twelve was made by Giovacchino Paoli and described in his invoice dated Frebruary of that year as "al modello della lira con i dolfini e ghirlanda e con diverse suonate ai mezzo..." , illustrated in Enrico Colle, Il mobile di Palazzo Pitti: il primo periodo lorenese, Florence, 1992, p. 184, no. 125. Paoli's patrons included among others the Court of Hapsburg-Lorraine from 1791 to 1799.
The second set of eighteen chairs was made by Toussaint and delivered for the Granda Sala della Musica in the same year, Colle, op. cit., pp. 185-186, no. 127. Toussaint who was almost certainly of Parisian origin, was one of Florence's most distinguished joiners of his time supplying both the Palazzo Pitti and the Villa Poggio Imperiale from 1787 to 1799.
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