mid 18th century.
comprising of a settee and four armchairs, each armchair with a cartouche shaped padded back arms and drop-in serpentine seat, the frame carved with heartshaped cartouches, rocaille and foliage on a cross-hatched ground, decorated on the back; regessoed and regilt, the upholstered backs and seats with tapestry depicting scenes from the Fables of La Fontaine, after Jean-Baptiste Oudry, on a pale yellow ground
Gerhard Hojer/Hans Ottomeyer, Die Möbel der Residenz München II, Munich, 1996, p.191, fig. 48 for a fauteuil conceived in a similar vein to the present suite now in the Munich Residenz.
The rich rocaille and assymetrical carving is reminiscent of the latter part of François Cuvillies's (1695 - 1768) career. However, the current suite lacks the rigid discipline of the French trained Cuvillies, and brings to mind to the fluidity of the work of Simon Pruckherr (Prugger) (1679-1756) or Johann Caspar Hörspurcher, both of whom delivered a variety of furniture to the Munich court. See Heinrich Kreisel, Die Kunst des deutschen Möbels II, Munich, 1970, pp. 177/178, figs. 448, 449, 450 for console tables by both cabinet-makers carved in a similar vein to the present lot.
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