A Pair of Fauteuils A La Reine

Paris
Circa 1775-1780
Reference #: EF1597

By Philippe Joseph Pluvinet (Maître Menusier, 1754)

Stamped P PLUVINET

Grey painted beechwood

Height: 38 ¾ inches (98.4 cm.)
Width: 25 ½ inches (64.8 cm.)
Depth: 20 inches (50.8 cm.)

Each fauteuil with a rectangular seat back, the arched crest rail carved with a guilloche pattern between foliate finials, the downswept side rails carved similarly, the padded arms with guilloche-carved scrolled terminals leading to acanthus-decorated supports on fluted blocks. The seat rail with repeated guilloche pattern, raised on rosette capped stop-fluted turned tapering legs.

Philippe Joseph Pluvinet (d. 1793) enjoyed a long career, spanning almost forty years and encompassing both the Louis XV and the Louis XVI styles. Receiving his certificate of maître in 1754, he established himself on the rue de Cléry and became one of the most celebrated menusiers of his time. Although he began his career at the height of the rococo, he distinguished himself by his work in the Louis XVI style, using unique motifs and elegant and organic ornamentation on the emphatic lines of Louis XVI seat furniture. Nicolay notes his work in both styles and adds, “but under Louis XVI he made fauteuils and sieges, remarkable for their perfection and delicacy of their carving.”

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