Side chair (one of a pair)

Jean-Baptiste III Lelarge French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 547

This side chair with its slightly curved back is known as cabriolets (chaises en cabriolets). Introduced around 1760, their name derives from a newly fashionable light one-horse carriage, called a “cabriolet”. The frame of the oval back and seat are carved with interlacing bands or guilloche motifs typical for the neoclassical style. Part of a larger set of seat furniture, these chairs are stamped I.B LELARGE. The menuisier Jean-Baptiste lll Lelarge who became a master in 1775, used the same stamp as his father, Jean-Baptiste ll Lelarge (maitre in 1738) after taking over his workshop in 1771. Jean-Baptiste lll rapidly rose to fame working for patrons in France and abroad.

Side chair (one of a pair), Jean-Baptiste III Lelarge (French, 1743–1802), Carved and gilded beechwood, French, Paris

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