PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE CANADIAN COLLECTION
A SET OF SIX LOUIS XVI GILTWOOD FAUTEUILS À LA REINE BY DELANOIS, CIRCA 1775
two stamped L. DELANOIS
Louis Delanois (1731–1792), maître in 1761
height 37 ¾ in.; length 24 in.; width 22 ½ in.
95.9 cm; 60.1 cm; 57.2 cm
In overall good condition. A few age cracks, but joints are sturdy. Scattered chips, losses, and flaking to gilding and carved elements. This could benefit from professional attention if desired. Upholstery in excellent condition.
Please note that four armchairs are stamped L. DELANOIS, and not two as stated in the print catalogue.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Galerie Maurice Segoura, Paris
Although the majority of his surviving work is in the Louis XV style, Louis Delanois was one of the first Parisian menuisiers to adopt the nascent neo-classical taste during the late 1760s. His innovative production attracted numerous prominent clients, among them the Prince de Condé, the King of Poland, and most famously Louis XV's last favourite, Madame Du Barry, to whom Delanois supplied suites of seat furniture for her apartments at Versailles and her music pavilion at the Château de Louveciennes between 1769 and 1771. These celebrated commissions are often regarded as the first important incarnations of the pure Louis XVI style in chair design.
The distinctively carved laurel husks along the back rails are not a motif encountered frequently in Delanois' work, but they do appear on the backs of a fauteuil en cabriolet in the Lazienki Palace in Warsaw and a similar fauteuil from the Patiño Collection, sold Sotheby's New York, 20 May 1992, lot 82. A variation of this carving is also present on the backs of a pair of bergères by Delanois in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, one illustrated in S. Eriksen, Louis Delanois, menuisier en Sièges (Paris 1968, pl.XXXIV). Almost identically carved back rails appear on a set of eight giltwood armchairs by Georges Jacob now in the Château de Fontainebleau, and on an armchair stamped Jacob and Pothier illustrated in Bill G.B. Pallot's, L'art du siège au XVIIIe siècle en France (Paris 1987, p.192).