The Wallace Collection

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  • Armchair
  • Michel Gourdin (active between: c. 1752 - c. 1782)
  • France
  • c. 1770
    1988 (19th Century floral Beauvais tapestries removed)
    1988 (upholstered with green silk damask)
  • Walnut, carved and gilded, green silk damask
  • Object size: 96.8 x 67.2 x 57.3 cm
  • Stamp: 'M ♦ GOURDIN'
    Stamp: Crowned 'EU'
    Stencil: '8949'
  • F183
  • West Gallery III
Further Reading
  • One of a set of six armchairs (fauteuils) F179-84. Carved gilt walnut frame with undulating outline. The back, seat and armpads are now covered with modern green silk damask, replacing earlier tapestry covers. The tapestries were clearly not the original covers of the set, which in 1807 was covered with blue and white silk lampas.
    F179-84 are fine examples of the transition between the Louis XV and Louis XVI styles in seat furniture. The reticent ornament would suggest that they date from fairly late in the transitional period, probably c.1770. An armchair by Gourdin in the Musée Sandelin, Saint-Omer, with the same carved ornament as F179-84, but lower and wider in its proportions, was dated c.1770 by Verlet.
    The frames of F179-84were regilded in 1987-8 and burnished further in 1992. The chairs were reupholstered in 1988 with the current modern green silk damask bearing a continuous design of serpentine fruiting braches. The old horsehair stuffing and French webbing, probably original, were retained.