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Armchair (fauteuil à la reine)

Designer:
Jacques Gondouin (1737–1818)
Maker:
François II Foliot (1748–?1839, master 1773, retired 1786)
Maker:
carved by the workshop of Madame Pierre-Edme Babel
Maker:
gilded by the workshop Marie-Catherine Renon
Maker:
upholstered by Claude-François Capin (died 1789)
Date:
1779
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Carved and gilded beech; modern silk lampas
Dimensions:
H. 39 x W. 25-1/2 x D. 19-3/4 in. (99.1 x 64.8 x 50.2 cm)
Classification:
Woodwork-Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Susan Dwight Bliss, 1944
Accession Number:
44.157.2
Not on view
Although intended to furnish Marie-Antoinette’s grand cabinet intérieur at the château de Versailles during the winter months, the chair and the rest of the set were removed in 1783, when the grand cabinet intérieur was redecorated and placed in the queen’s billiard room on the floor above. Sold during the French Revolution, the entire set of furniture was acquired by the American statesman Gouverneur Morris, who served as minister of the United States in France from 1792 to 1794. The pieces were subsequently sent to Morrisania, Morris’s country estate in the Bronx.
Inscription: (On webbing under seat, painted in black):
Du 1?.../du No 194/6 (crowned W) - inventory mark of Château de Versailles
Marie Antoinette, Queen of France , Cabinet intérieur, Château de Versailles (from 1779) ; Gouverneur Morris , “Morrisania,” New York, New York (from ca. 1793/94) ; Private Collection, Princeton, New Jersey ; Mrs. George T. Bliss ; Susan Dwight Bliss (until 1944; to MMA)
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