A rare Franco-Scottish walnut caqueteuse armchair, circa 1600
Lot 305
A rare late 16th century walnut caqueteuse armchair French, circa 1600
Sold for £7,500 (US$ 11,736) inc. premium

Lot Details
A rare Franco-Scottish walnut caqueteuse armchair, circa 1600
A rare late 16th century walnut caqueteuse armchair
French, circa 1600
Having an ornately-carved and pierced cresting rail centred by a cartouche-framed mask within a surround carved with bird's head and a female portrait profile, raised on gently splayed rectangular-shaped uprights, the horizontal or flat arms typically angled to the centre and raised on baluster supports around a trapezium seat, the front seat rail delicately carved with a cusped edge, raised on four ring-turned tapering legs, the back uprights forming six-legs in total, joined by channel-moulded stretchers, the front stretcher projecting and overlapping the two front legs, 59cm wide x 43cm deep x 119.5cm high, (23" wide x 16.5" deep x 47" high)

Footnotes

  • Literature: Victor Chinnery, Oak Furniture: The British Tradition (1993), pp. 246 - 249 illustrates a number of caqueteuse chairs dating from the 1530s up until the mid-17th century. The cresting of the chair in Figure 3:34, p. 248, is similar to that in the chair offered here. They are variously attributed to France, England and Scotland. The cresting and front stretcher of the chair in this lot - which overlaps the blocks of the front legs - suggests that it is French. See Figure 3:22, p. 243 for a French chair with a similarly joined front stretcher.

    Other examples are illustrated Tobias Jellinek, Early British Chairs and Seats 1500 - 1700 (2009), pp. 104 - 115, with particular reference to Plates 108 and 112.
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