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A set of giltwood and petit point needlework seat furniture, early Louis XV | Mobilier de salon en hêtre redoré et broderie au petit point, début de l'époque Louis XV

A set of giltwood and petit point needlework seat furniture, early Louis XV | Mobilier de salon en hêtre redoré et broderie au petit point, début de l'époque Louis XV

A set of giltwood and petit point needlework seat furniture, early Louis XV | Mobilier de salon en hêtre redoré et broderie au petit point, début de l'époque Louis XV

A set of giltwood and petit point needlework seat furniture, early Louis XV


comprising four armchairs and a winged sofa, carved with clips on a latticework background ; covered with a petit point tapestry with foliage, palm tree and exotic fruit patterns on a cream-colored background (restaurations of wear on the tapestry)


Height armchair and canapé : 41½in , width 27 in and 77¼in ; Hauteur fauteuil et canapé 105 cm, larg; 69 cm et 196,5 cm

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Mobilier de salon en hêtre redoré et broderie au petit point, début de l'époque Louis XV


comprenant quatre fauteuils et un canapé à oreilles, sculpté de d'agrafes sur fond de croisillons ; recouvert d'une tapisserie au petit point à motifs de feuillage, palmier et fruits exotiques sur fond crème (restaurations d'usage à la tapisserie)

The embroidery in fine condition. Very colorful.As expected It has some wear but it been restored and the result is fine as restoration are not really visible. The embroidery has been adapted to fit the seats so some « joints » are slightly visible but the composition is so wild that it works perfectly.

One minor tear on the right side of the seat of the sofa to be fixed. Structure is solid. They have been regilt, they are not too bright, the gilding patinated with wear. The seat of the sofa slightly refreshed in colors.


"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. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

Former collection of the Chateau de Sully-sur-Loire, Loiret, France

 Auction, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 25 February 1942, lot 79

Private collection


Ancienne collection du château de Sully-sur-Loire, Loiret

Vente à Paris, Hôtel Drouot, le 25 février 1942, lot 79

Collection privée

This set is upholstered with a superb needlepoint tapestry presenting an exotic-inspired foliage decoration illustrating Europe’s inclination for the Levant territoires and the New World, encompassing its discovery of botany and animals. Hence, they were a profusion of influences in decorative arts. The inklings of collectors for the new and the extrinsic was welcomed within the interior design and the furnishings, thus exceeding the only appetite for the bizarre cabinets of curiosities. On this ensemble, the exotic vegetation is freely interpreted with pomegranates, poppy flowers, coconut palms in a composition bearing rich exuberance. We can compare this furniture to a suite of eight Regency period armchairs (auction Sotheby's Paris, 9 November 2012, lots 307 and 308) covered with a fruit and insect tapestry directly inspired by the collection of botanical prints Métamorphoses des Insects du Suriname published in 1705 by the artist and naturalist Maria Sibylla Merian. Her engravings ensured the dissemination of her work among various guilds of craftsmen, embroiderers, weavers and cabinet makers.

 

Our furniture is visible on a view of the large living room in the chateau of Sully during the beginning of the 20th century. It was dispersed along with part of the chateau’s furnishings during an auction held in February 1942.

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Cet ensemble est recouvert d'une superbe tapisserie au petit point présentant un décor feuillagé d'inspiration exotique illustre le goût de l'Europe pour les territoires du Levant et du nouveau monde dont les découvertes botaniques et animales furent une profusion d'inspirations dans les arts décoratifs. Le goût des collectionneurs pour le nouveau et l'exotisme s'invita dans la décoration intérieure et l'ameublement dépassant ainsi la seule appétance pour le bizarre des cabinets de curiosités. Sur cet ensemble, la végétation exotique est librement interprétée avec des grenades, fleurs de pavot, cocotiers dans une composition d'une riche exubérance. On peut rapprocher ce mobilier à une suite de huit fauteuils d'époque Régence (vente Sotheby's Paris, le 9 novembre 2012, lots 307 et 308) recouverts d'une tapisserie aux fruits et insectes directement inspirée du recueil de planches botaniques Métamorphoses des Insectes du Suriname publié en 1705 par l'artiste et naturaliste Maria Sibylla Merian dont les gravures assurèrent la diffusion de ses travaux parmi différentes corporations d'artisans, brodeurs, lissiers ou ébénistes.

Notre mobilier est visible sur une vue du grand salon du château de Sully au début du XXeme siècle, il fut dispersé avec une partie du contenu du château à l'occasion d'une vente aux enchères en février 1942.