A very fine Louis XV carved giltwood fauteuil by Blaise Maucuy stamped B. MAUCUY, with a cartouche-shaped padded back, drop-in seat and padded arm rests covered in a red floral damask, the finely carved channelled frame with toprail centred by a foliate and floral crest, the shoulder angles with floral and foliate sprays, with scrolled arms and a shaped and channelled seat rail centred by a floral spray on floral headed cabriole legs
Paris, date circa 1760
Height 100 cm, width 72 cm, depth 59 cm.
Literature: Pierre Kjellberg, â€œLe Mobilier FranÃ§ais de XVIIIe. SiÃ¨cleâ€, 1989, p. 556, illustrating a very similar Louis XV fauteuil Ã la reine by Blaise Maucuy, recovered in a nineteenth century Aubusson tapestry.
Received as a maÃ®tre in July 1758, like many fellow menuisiers Blaise Maucuy (1729-98) was established in the Bonne-Nouvelle quarter of Paris where he continued in business until the late 1780â€™s. Maucuy produced a number of chairs in the Louis XV style, featuring similar lines and carved ornamentation as here. However in keeping with changing fashions he also made seats in the prevailing Neo-classical style, epitomized by their elegant and fine designs. Unlike many other fauteuils this example has a drop-in rather fixed seat. A similar fauteuil by the same maker was included in the Carlhian Collection, which was sold 7th December 1968 (lot 53).
Bill G. B. Pallot, in â€œThe Art of the Chair in Eighteenth-Century Franceâ€, 1989, notes that â€˜B. Maucuiâ€™ (who must be the same as Blaise Maucuy), like Nicolas Heurtaut, Jean Avisse, Jean-Baptiste Boulard and Georges Jacob employed the sculpteur Pierre Rousseau for some of his carving work. Subcontracting the carving was common at this time although Maucuy, like Heurtaut, would also have undertaken some of the carving work himself.