Chair (chaise à la Reine) (one of a set of four)

Probably by Jean-Baptiste I Tilliard French

Not on view

This chair probably belonged to a larger set by Jean-Baptiste I Tilliard, the master of an important workshop in eighteenth-century Paris. The rich carving on each chaise à la Reine indicate that they may have been part of an important commission. Throughout the frame, elegant scrolls, reeds, acanthus leaves, shells, and bosses are carved and gilded. At the center of the top rail, exotic birds flank a prominent cartouche and a pattern of scrolling ribbons. Similarly, the seat-rail displays a cartouche in front that echoes this design element.

Chair (chaise à la Reine) (one of a set of four), Probably by Jean-Baptiste I Tilliard (French, 1686–1766), Beechwood unusually richly carved and gilded; previously upholstered with coral colored velvet attached with brass-headed nails, now upholstered in yellow petit point, French, Paris

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