Jean-Jacques Pothier (master 1750, working until ca. 1780)
Carved and gilded beech, silk moire upholstery
H. 37-1/8 x W. 20-1/4 x D. 18-3/8 in. (94.3 x 51.4 x 46.7 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1973
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 527
Made by Jean-Jacques Pothier around 1775, these chairs are known as cabriolets. Introduced around 1760, their name derives from a new light one-horse driven carriage, called “cabriolet”. Pothier became master in Paris in 1750. In his workshop, first located in the rue Mazarine and then in the rue de Bourbon, he executed his best pieces in the neoclassical style which are very close to the works by Georges Jacob.
This type of light chair, first mostly used in the apartments of women, was easy to move. The oval-shape back is reminiscent of antique medallions. The straight legs carved with twisted flutes, terminating in peg-top feet and connected to the seat by cubical blocks, are characteristic of the neoclassical taste which was in vogue during Louis XVI’s reign.
Signature: Signed by Jean-Jacques Pothier
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman , New York (until 1973; to MMA)