SET OF FOUR APPARATUS CHAIRS Made of beech... - Lot 31 - Aguttes

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SET OF FOUR APPARATUS CHAIRS Made of beech... - Lot 31 - Aguttes
SET OF FOUR APPARATUS CHAIRS Made of beech wood and gilded walnut, they have a very high rectangular back from which start two arms sumptuously decorated with flowers, foliage and mantling, ending with a crook decorated with scrolls and a flower. The arm console is decorated with acanthus leaves. They rest on four baluster-shaped feet with a double bulb of square section with recessed shelves carved with leaves. The legs are finished with a double scroll and joined by an H-shaped strut whose median crosspiece in the shape of two Cs joined together is decorated with acanthus leaves, foliage and fishnet. Louis XIV period. Height : 126,5 cm - Width : 70 cm Depth : 65 cm Green damask upholstery. The armchair expresses wonderfully the feeling of grandeur. Built by men who wanted to increase their height with the help of the wig with curls and red heels, its back is very high and its seat wide. When Versailles became the seat of power in 1682, a whole court system was put in place and etiquette was strictly observed. The use or not of certain seats is a crucial element of court life, and are moments that exalt the nobility in search of royal recognition. A usurpation of a seat can cause the worst conflicts. The seat indicates exactly the rank, the order of precedence. The Duke of Lorraine having asked for a chair with arms in front of Monsieur, the King's brother, this request led to the cancellation of the trip to Bar of Philippe d'Orléans and his wife the Palatine. The diplomatic incident was not far. At Versailles, only the king and queen were seated in an armchair, the princes of the blood were entitled to a chair and the duchesses to stools. All the other members of the Court remain standing. In the intimacy it is quite different. Depending on the social status, the seats are more or less numerous, but according to the inventories, it seems that they are ordered by four or six. Our suite of armchairs is identical to a suite of eight armchairs from the old Steinitz collection, which would represent a complete set of twelve seats, the size of which suggests a royal commission. We find on period portraits of important people posing with a gilded wooden seat, like Philip V of Spain. We find on this seat the characteristics of the Louis XIV seats, namely the feet in baluster and the armrests in crook.
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