Late Louis XV Gout Grec Giltwood Fauteuil in the Manner of Mathieu Bauve


the stuffed back with patera spandrels and pine-cone finials, the stuffed bow-fronted seat with piastre-carved seatrail, raised on fluted tapering legs

Height 115cm
Width 70cm
Depth 55cm
French, circa 1765

Mathieu Bauve was received Master of the guild of menuisiers (chairmakers) in 1754. Having produced seat furniture in a fluid but unremarkable Louis XV style, in 1760 he radically changed his output to produce pieces in the new radical Gout Grec style of the offered armchair.

A design by Jean-Charles Delafosse (1734-1789) here illustrated shows alternative arm treatments for a gout grec armchair, one of which possibly inspired the arms of the present armchair

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