Possibly after a design by Pierre Contant d'Ivry (French, Ivry-sur-Seine 1698–1777 Paris)
French, Paris and Italian, Parma
Carved and gilded oak; original silk-velvet upholstery and gold trim
H. 43-1/2 x W. 31-1/2 x D. 27-1/2 in. (110.5 x 80.0 x 69.8 cm)
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1906
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 526
Several chairs in the Hoentschel collection boast distinguished provenances. This armchair once belonged to Louise-Élisabeth, eldest daughter of Louis XV, who commissioned furnishings in Paris for her palace in Parma, Italy.
Marking: I I I (incised on back seat rail under slip seat); 99 or 66 (painted twice on back seat rail below slip seat); C(crown)R4865 (branded on the underside of the front seat rail and again on the wood frame of the slip seat - stands for Casa Reale ["Royal Household"]).
Louise-Élisabeth of Parma , Palazzo Ducale, Parma, Italy (from ca. 1749) ; Georges Hoentschel (until 1906; sold to Morgan) ; J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (1906; to MMA)