Carved beechwood frame, painted in celadon with raspberry highlights. Curved back of violin shape with a carved floral motif at center of back rail. Curved arms with scrolled hand rests. Shaped seat with carved floral motif at the center of the seat rail. On 4 cabriole legs that terminate in scrolled toes. Newly upholstered in silk fabric from Prelle and passimenterie by Houles.
The underside of seat rail is stamped ‘E. Meunier’ twice. Etienne Meunier was a Parisian menuisier who was active in the early and mid-18th century. This chair was manufactured circa 1745.
Superb condition. Structurally sound with only minor restorations over time. Repainted to the original colors, and upholstery carried out using traditional methods and re-using many of the original internal materials (canvas webbing, horsehair stuffing etc.) which were in remarkably well preserved condition. These were cleaned and reused, retaining the authenticity of the piece, but were reinforced.
The fabric is a brilliant 100% silk Lampas with a satin background of floral bouquets and garlands that beautifully matches the paint colors. The upholstery is in excellent condition (there is a small, barely visible water drop stain to the front of the seat).
The same model (a pair of armchairs and a bergere), also stamped by Meunier, can be seen at the musee Carnavalet in Paris.
An absolutely charming petit Louis XV armchair, in fantastic condition and beautifully decorated. This chair displays perfect harmony between its form, carved motifs, two-tone paint work and upholstery.
Height: 84 cm
Width: 62.5 cm
Depth: 53 cm
Price: 4200 Euros
Reference #: C15-09
Armchair Louis XV stamped by E Meunier, circa 1745