Reference #: EF1475
Stamped: I.B. LELARGE
Painted and Gilt Wood
Height: 35 inches (89 cm)
Width: 25 inches (63 cm)
Depth: 21 inches (54 cm)
Pierre Kjellberg, Le Mobilier Français du XVIII Siècle. Paris: Les Editions de L’Amateur, 1989, page 503.
The straight, rounded top rail slightly everted and energetically carved with intricately articulated oak leaf clusters alternating with stylized blossoms, the gently curved arms with tiny beads along the rail to the upholstered arm rests, terminating in inward scrolls with a crisply carved acanthus leaf, issuing further beading along the edges of the elegantly serpentine supports leading to another acanthus which rest on the square seat rail with beading and four square blocks at the corners with enclosed rosettes that surmount four collared and tapering, channeled legs terminating in peg feet.
Jean Baptiste III Lelarge (1743-1802) apprenticed with his father at the family atelier on the famous rue de Cléry. As soon as he earned his maîtrise he took over the workshop and set about establishing himself. He rapidly earned a favorable reputation and gained commissions from many of the leading figures of the time royal, non-royal, French and foreign (including the King of Portugal). The menusier is best known for his chairs; his works invariably share certain laudable characteristics – flawless joinery, robust lines restrained only through perfect proportions and crisp neoclassical carving.