H. 36-1/2 x W. 23-1/2 x D. 20-1/4 in. (92.7 x 59.7 x 51.4 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1977
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 527
This pair of armchairs formerly belonged to the Marquise de Ganay just as the Neoclassical bergères à la reine by Demay also in the museum’s collection (1973.305.3). Made of carved and gilded beechwood, the armchairs have a slightly curved back. Two pinecone finials terminate the top rail while the decorative motifs of pearls and guilloches, acanthus scrolls, and columns are frequently found on Neoclassical furnishings created during the reign of Louis XVI. Seen together with the bergères (1973.305.3) and sofa (1973.305.1) also by the same joiner or menuisier, this pair of armchairs demonstrates how furnishings at the end of the eighteenth century were typically conceived as part of a stylistically unified ensemble.
Signature: Stamped beneath back rail of seat: J.B.B. DEMAY [Jean-Baptiste-Demay, 1759–1849]
Marquise de Ganay (before 1922) ; Charles and Jayne Wrightsman , New York (until 1977; to MMA)