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Details & Cataloguing

Une Dynastie Américaine en Europe - Collections Eleanor Post Close & Antal Post de Bekessy

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A carved giltwood firescreen, louis XIV, circa 1710
with foliate scrolls, the screen with 'petit point' and metal thread, centred by a crowned chiffre, on scrolled hoof feet
Haut. 110,5 cm., larg. 81 cm., prof. 39 cm. ; Height 43½in., width 32in., depth 15⅓in.
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Exhibited

Louis XIV, Fastes et Décors, Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris, May-October 1960, n. 44

Literature

Literature:
(1) F. J. B. Watson, "The Paris collections of Madame B.", in The Connoisseur. An illustrated magazine for Collectors, London, vol. 155, January-April 1964, p. 11, fig. 15 (ill.)

Catalogue Note

The extraordinary embroidery of our firescreen, with an ornamentation inspired by Daniel Marot's designs realised with silver threads, is one of the last testimonies of the decoration described in the Inventaires des Meubles de la Couronne. According to Mr. Pottingeur (1), the letters FMA or JAU, topped by a crown, at the centre of the pattern, could be linked to Frederic August III of Poland, Elector of Saxony. In addition, F.J.B. Watson mentioned a salon suite, going with our firescreen, exposed in 1964 in a Parisian antique store.

A 'Sr Charlier de Paris' was specialised in those embroideries and his name appeared regularly in the Inventaires des Meubles de la Couronne. In any case, our piece was very certainly made by a specialist, and not by the Saint-Cyr workshop of Madame de Maintenon.

Une Dynastie Américaine en Europe - Collections Eleanor Post Close & Antal Post de Bekessy

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Paris