Louis Delanois (1731-1792), one of the most renowned chair makers of the 18th century, received his maîtrise in 1761 when the nascent 'neo-grec' fashion was emerging. His early work is in the fully developed Louis XV style, but he was quick to adopt the neoclassical forms and produced seat furniture in the Transitional style, and towards the end of his career he was working in the fully developed Louis XVI style. He was one of the few leading Parisian menuisiers to successfully span these decades, and to successfully interpret the prevailing fashions. Delanois had a distinguished clientèle which included the Comte d'Artois, the ducs de Bourbon, de Chartres, d'Enghien et de Praslin, the Prince de Beauvau and the Comtesse de Choiseul. For a full discussion of the life of Louis Delanois, see, S. Eriksen, Louis Delanois Menuisier en Sièges, Paris, 1968.
The moulded voluted armrest supports on the present lot are repeatedly used by Delanois on his Louis XV seat furniture; the rather flat moulded borders around the seat seem to appear on his work circa 1765, as seen on an armchair formerly with Seligmann, Paris, illustrated, S. Eriksen, op. cit., pl. XIII, see also an armchair in the Niarchos Collection, illustrated, ibid., pl. XVI. The rose ornament at the center of the seat rail is the same as on a suite of six armchairs and one sofa which is kept at the Louvre (inv. OA 9411).
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