Hôtel Lambert, Une Collection Princière, Volume I : Chefs-d’oeuvre

Hôtel Lambert, Une Collection Princière, Volume I : Chefs-d’oeuvre

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A pair of royal Louis XVI giltwood marquises, by Jean-Baptiste II Tilliard, circa 1784

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800,000 - 1,200,000 EUR

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A pair of royal Louis XVI giltwood marquises, by Jean-Baptiste II Tilliard, circa 1784

The menuiserie by Jean-Baptiste II Tilliard under the direction of Nicolas Blanchard, the carving by Barthelemy-Mames Rascalon, the gilding by Dutemp;

Each stamped TILLIARD, in richly gilded and carved wood, with anse de panier backs, standing on four spiral fluted tapering feet with ionic capitals, The backs of the chairs are crowned with an imposing, sculpted motif on the round. A quiver of arrows and a torch cross each other in the centre of a crown of roses and scattered narcissi, forget-me-nots and daisies. Two long rose branches are escaping from the middle of the crown. The whole of the motif is dominated by a carved ribbon that descends on either side of the back carvings. The arms of the chairs are marked by a bouquet of carved flowers with the same flora as that featured in the crown. From the front, the crest rail is bordered by two sculpted ornamental mouldings, one of egg and dart above, the other of flowers and pearls below. The lower carving on the chairs is discernible by the long garlands of finely carved roses, that repeat along the length of the chairs departing from a central acanthus flower. The two extremities are also decorated with acanthus flowers. Beneath the arm rests, the fastenings, whose angles are encased in gilded triangles, are decorated with long, twisted, acanthuses whilst the rest of the arm is decorated with a border featuring a very original drawing: the heart of an open flower lifting a long acanthus bud that is opening upon another flower, the lower back rail is differentiated from the rest of the chair by a lack of décor. 

height 42 in.; width 40⅞in.; depth 35 3⁄5 in.; 107 cm; 104 cm; 90 cm.



Paire de marquises royales en bois doré par Jean-Baptiste II Tilliard, d'époque Louis XVI vers 1784, livrée pour Mesdames Adélaïde et Victoire au château de Bellevue

la menuiserie par Jean-Baptiste II Tilliard sous la direction de Nicolas Blanchard, la sculpture par Barthélémy-Mamès Rascalon, la dorure par Dutemp

height 42 in.; width 40⅞in.; depth 35 3⁄5 in.; 107 cm; 104 cm; 90 cm.


Supplied on 30 October 1785 to Louis XV's daughters Mesdames Adélaïde and Victoire by the Garde Meuble de la Couronne for the Grand Salon of the Chateau de Bellevue;

Seized during the Revolution and sent on 14 Pluviose An IV (3 February 1796) to the dépôt de l'Infantado, Ministry of the Interior, rue Neuve des Petits-Champs, Paris;

Moved in 1807 to the Emperor Napoléon's apartments in the Palais des Tuileries;

Possibly Francis Charles Seymour-Conway, 3rd Marquess of Hertford (1777-1842);

Collection of Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford (1800-1870) at 2 Rue Laffitte, Paris;

By descent to Sir Richard Wallace, 1st Baronet (1818-1890);

By descent to Julie Amélie Charlotte Castelnau, Lady Wallace (1819-1897);

Bequeathed to Sir John Murray Scott (1847-1912);

Bequeathed to Lady Victoria Sackville-West (1862-1936);

Sold to Jacques Seligmann, Paris and New York, circa 1914;

Galerie Segoura, Paris;

Private Collection.


Livrées le 30 octobre 1785 aux filles de Louis XV Mesdames Adélaïde et Victoire par le Garde Meuble de la Couronne pour le Grand Salon du Château de Bellevue;

Saises à la Révolution et envoyées au dépôt de l'infanterie, 14 Pluviose IV (3 février 1796), galerie du ministre de l'Intérieur, rue Neuve des Petits-Champs;

Déménagé en 1807 dans les appartements de l'Empereur Napoléon Ier au Palais des Tuileries;

Peut-être Francis Charles Seymour-Conway, 3e marquis de Hertford (1777-1842);

Collection de Richard Seymour-Conway, 4e marquis de Hertford (1800-1870) au 2 rue Laffitte, Paris;

Par descendance à Sir Richard Wallace, 1er Baronet (1818-1890);

Par descendance à Julie Amélie Charlotte Castelnau, Lady Wallace (1819-1897);

Légué à Sir John Murray Scott (1847-1912);

Légué à Lady Victoria Sackville-West (1862-1936);

Vendu à Jacques Seligmann, Paris et New York, vers 1914;

Galerie Segoura, Paris;

Collection privée.

P. Hughes, The Wallace Collection: Catalogue of Furniture, London 1996, Vol. III, p.1544, fig. 5.
P. Verlet, Le mobilier royal français, 1990, Vol. IV, p. 145-149.