Fine Set of Four Louis XV Painted Fauteuils by Jean-Baptiste Lebas
with flower-carved moulded frames, cartouche-shaped backs, serpentine-fronted seats and cabriole legs; the needlework covers are English and date to circa 1830
Provenance: Chesterfield House, London, where they appear in an early 20th century photograph.
Three of the set bear the stamp J.B.LEBAS, for Jean-Baptiste Lebas (1729-1795), received Master of the guild of menuisiers (chair-makers) in 1756. Lebas was justly renowned for his fluid designs and fine carving and provided furniture for, among others, Madame du Barry, the Comte d’Artois and the King of Sweden. He was also known to have provided furniture for clients in England, notably the Duke of Northumberland and, as the present set has early 19th century English covers, it seems likely that it was ordered by an English client either from Lebas direct, through a marchand mercier in Paris, or via an agent in London.