Armchair

fauteuil à la reine

French
Regence period
about 1730–40


Dimensions

Overall: 102.2 x 71.5 x 82.6 cm (40 1/4 x 28 1/8 x 32 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

65.2495

Medium or Technique

Beechwood; 18th-century tapestry-woven upholstery

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Seating and beds

Six fauteuils and canage (65.2493-65.2498). All upholstered in Beauvais, bordered with brass headed nails. Tapestries depict Fables of Fontaine by Oudry; foliated carving around frames. Cabriole legs; carving on knees. Goat with bird on his back.

Provenance

1919, possibly exhibited at the Cincinnati Art Museum [see note 1]. By 1925, Duveen Bros., New York [see note 2]; probably sold by Duveen to Clarence Mackay (b. 1874 - d. 1938), Roslyn, NY; 1939, Mackay estate acquired by Seligmann and Co., New York [see note 3]. By 1946, Basil Dighton, New York; 1946 or 1947, sold by Basil Dighton to Forsyth Wickes (b. 1876 - d. 1964), New York and Newport, RI [see note 4]; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)

NOTES:
[1] A suite of French furniture, including a settee and eight arm chairs covered with tapestry illustrating the Fables of La Fontaine, were included in the Loan Exhibition of French Furniture and Furnishings Including Tapestries (Cincinnati Art Museum, March 1-16, 1919), cat. no. 9. No lender is given in the catalogue. These are said to be identical to the suite now at the MFA (accession nos. 65.2493-65.2499, including 6 chairs rather than 8) on the bills of sale from Basil Dighton to Forsyth Wickes.

[2] George Leland Hunter, The Practical Book of Tapestries (Philadelphia and London, 1925), illustrates the settee and one of the chairs from the MFA suite (plates XXe and XXf), then in the possession of the dealer Duveen.

[3] That the chairs and settee belonged to Clarence Mackay is according to the bills of sale from Basil Dighton. They may be the 18th century French sofa and chairs "carved and gilded, covered with tapestry" that are listed in an inventory and an appraisal of the Mackay collection around 1939 (Archives of American Art, Seligmann papers, Series 2, Collectors files: Mackay Collection. Box 238, folder 6: 1939 inventory and Box 240, folder 6: Insurance lists, 1939).

[4] Forsyth Wickes purchased six chairs, MFA accession nos. 65.2493-65.2498, from Basil Dighton on January 21, 1946 (two chairs), December 16, 1946 (one chair), and January 10, 1947 (three chairs).

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection