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PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

A pair of French carved giltwood bergères in the manner of François-Honoré Jacob-Desmalter
in Louis XVI style, first half 19th century  
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PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

A pair of French carved giltwood bergères in the manner of François-Honoré Jacob-Desmalter
in Louis XVI style, first half 19th century  
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A pair of French carved giltwood bergères in the manner of François-Honoré Jacob-Desmalter
in Louis XVI style, first half 19th century  
each with an arched padded back, the top-rail carved with a ribbon-tied bouquet, above downscrolled padded arms and loose cushion bowed seat on stop-fluted tapering legs terminating in toupie feet; one with the inventory in black ink No 68, the other No. 76; reblocked; one chair bearing the stamp Jacob; regilt;
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Provenance

Acquired by Sir Charles Wolseley (7h Bart.) (1769-1846), Wolseley Hall, Staffordshire
Thence by descent

Catalogue Note

Comparative Literature:
Lady Wolseley, Wolseley: a Thousand Years of History, (Lichfield Press, 2003).

There is a portrait of Sir Charles Wolseley sitting in one of these giltwood bergères. He was a great Francophile, who in his youth, went on a Grand Tour, and whilst in France took part in the storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution. He travelled extensively and possibly acquired this pair of bergères during one of his many trips to France and brought them back to the family seat in Staffordshire. It has been a longstanding tradition and remains so to this day amongst the Wolseley Baronets to have their portraits painted and the one illustrated demonstrates the high regard in which these bergères were held that they have been included in the portrait of the 7th Baronet. 

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