The Edward James Collection, West Dean Park, Sussex;
until sold Christie's, 2-6 June 1986, lot 83;
Christie's London, 15 June 1995, lot 46.
D. Kisluk-Grosheide, J. Munger, The Wrightsman Galleries for French Decorative Arts, New York, 2010, pp. 106-7;
F. B. J. Watson, The Wrightsman Collection, New York, 1966, vol. I, pp. 50-51, 60-61.
Indeed, similarities in the carving can be appreciated on a fire screen by Georges Jacob for the queen's boudoir at Fontainebleau and now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (inv. no. 1971.206.16), most notably in the ribbon-tied cresting and twisted ribbon upper frame (see Kisluk-Grosheide, J. Munger, op. cit., p. 107), although the specific design of the boudoir's suite differs from that of the present chairs.
The same inventory number 1209 is on an Empire chaise longue by Jacob Frères also in the Metropolitan Museum (inv. no. 1971.206.13; see Watson, op. cit., cat. 45, pp. 60-61), suggesting that both pieces were at one point in the same room at the Palais des Tuileries. The marque au feu found on this pair of chairs was employed at the Palais des Tuileries following the Restoration of the Bourbon monarchy. No inventory numbers or brand were used at the palace during the reign of Louis XVI.
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