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A Louis XV suite of carved beechwood seat furniture by Michel Cresson, mid-18th century

UK: Greenford Park Warehouse

Estimate:

10,000

to
- 15,000 GBP

Distinguished Property from Osterrieth House in Antwerp

A Louis XV suite of carved beechwood seat furniture by Michel Cresson, mid-18th century

A Louis XV suite of carved beechwood seat furniture by Michel Cresson, mid-18th century

Estimate:

10,000

to
- 15,000 GBP

Lot sold:

12,600

GBP

Distinguished Property from Osterrieth House in Antwerp

A Louis XV suite of carved beechwood seat furniture by Michel Cresson, mid-18th century


comprising a sofa and six fauteuils à la reine, stamped at the lower backseat rail M. Cresson, seats, backs and arms, upholstered with shaped panels of French, Beauvais, floral tapestry, circa 1750, finely woven with baskets and swags of flowering foliage, and delicate arabesques, incorporating birds and on a warm yellow ground

This extremely elegant set of seat furniture, evocative of sets that complemented the interiors of tapestry rooms in stately homes is in overall good restored condition.


Generally with minor scratches, rubbing and scuffs consistent with age and use. Reblocking to the legs. Evidence of an old woodworm activity which no longer appears to be active. 


The beautiful tapestry panels are in good condition, very minor signs of tears to the front edge of some seats, as to be expected given age and use. Sound and sturdy, ready to place.


In detail:


Sofa

Rubbing to armrests.

There are signs of restorations to the front feet, since there is some residual glue. Two legs and one armrest recarved.

Back legs with some scuffs to edges.

An area to the edge of the seat rail on the right handside was replaced (approx. 20cm long). To its left, one chip to the edge.

Minor chipping to left side, to edge of seat rail.


Chair 1

Minor rubbing to armrests and one small chip to the armrest on the left.

Minor chipping to front legs, notably to right leg.

Some minor rubbing and scuffs to edges of seat rail and backrest.


Chair 2

The tips of the front right leg and the two back legs show signs of recarving.


Chair 3

Minor rubbing to armrests, edges of seat rails and backrest.


Chair 4

Minor rubbing to armrests, edges of seat rails and backrest.

One back leg with minor chipping to curve and to scrolled tip of foot.


Chair 5

Some minor tear to front edge of covered seat.


Chair 6

In good condition.

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Michel Cresson (1709-1781), reçu maître 1740


Michel was the youngest son of the menuisier Jean Cresson and had his workshop on rue de Cléry under the sign 'Au Gros Chapelet'. He was the younger brother of the celebrated menuisier Louis Cresson (1706-1761) who supplied chairs to the Prince de Condé and the Duc d'Orléans. After his brother's death, Michel Cresson also supplied pieces to the Prince de Condé for his residence at the Palais Bourbon and for his country seat, the Château de Chantilly. 


Michel Cresson is also credited with the exceptional seat furniture made for the marquis de Sourches for his château d'Abondant, now exhibited at the Louvre. The present suite actually shares decorative features with the Abondant suite, namely the carving at the corner of each top rail, and the stylised flower and leaf in the middle of each seat rail.