Property from an Important Private Collection, Chicago
A LATE LOUIS XIV CARVED OAK CENTRE TABLE, CIRCA 1715
probably originally gilded
height 28 in.; width 30 ½ in.; depth 20 ½ in.
71 cm; 77.5 cm; 52 cm
Bernard Steinitz, Paris
This lot appears to be the pair to a table acquired by Coco Chanel for her apartment at 31 Rue Cambon in Paris, above the original Chanel boutique opened in 1918. The table has retained its gilding and is still in situ. Mademoiselle Chanel filled the apartment with her personal collection of art and antiques and regularly received illustrious clients and friends including Elizabeth Taylor, Picasso, Stravinsky, Giacometti and Salvador Dali. Famously the apartment has no bedroom, as Chanel preferred to sleep every night in her dedicated suite at the nearby Ritz Hotel. Following her death in 1971 the interior and its contents were preserved as she left them, and the apartment is still used today by the company for meetings and private client visits.
The table is partially visible in a series of photographs of Mlle Chanel taken by Cecil Beaton in 1965.