Chaise (side chair)
Beech, gilding; silk upholstery
Overall: 41 x 23 x 21 in. ( 104.1 x 58.4 x 53.3 cm )
stenciled: on chair webbing: French Royal Inventory Number-Versailles Crowned W #194
Carved and gilded beechwood Louis XVI chaise (side chair) with arched rectangular back in molded frame with carved paquerettes and acanthus; trapezoidal seat with seat rail carved similarly to the crest rail; on circular tapering spiral-reeded legs headed by leaf tips and beaded. Original upholstery housed separately; chair currently upholstered in fabric reproducing original covering.
This elaborately carved and gilded chair was originally part of a suite that Marie-Antoinette ordered in 1779 for her private apartments at Versailles. New Yorker Gouverneur Morris, the American ambassador to France, purchased the suite at an auction of royal effects held after the fall of the ancien régime. The chair's upholstery reproduces the design of the original.
Olson, Roberta J. M. "A selection of European paintings and objects." The Magazine Antiques 167 (2005): 182-187.
Gift of Mrs. Gouverneur Morris
Made for the Grand Cabinet Interior de la Reine de Versailles, Marie Antoinette, ca. 1779 Gouverneur Morris, ca. 1793 to 1816 (U.S. Minister to French Court during French Revolution).
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