Gaming Chair

voyeuse

French
about 1787–88
Made by Georges Jacob (French, born in 1739, master 1765, died in 1 died in 1814)


Object Place: France

Dimensions

Overall: 95.2 x 59.5 x 56.5 cm (37 1/2 x 23 7/16 x 22 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

65.2485

Medium or Technique

Beech, carved and gilt; modern silk velvet upholstery

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Seating and beds

Tall rectangular black within two freestanding columns carved with stop-fluting. Upholstered top rail extends over the back and beyond column on either side. Seat rails carved with waterleaves with rosettes at corners. Back feet are in the form of hooves. Gilt frame.

Markings

"Garde Meuble de la Couronne. Order No. E - du 31 8.bre 1787. Voyeuse pour Le Salon des Jeux du Roi a St. Cloud" written in ink on apaper label attached to back rail of each voyeuse.

Provenance

October 31, 1787, ordered for Marie-Antoinette, salon des jeux du Roi, Château de Saint-Cloud; remained at Saint-Cloud during the Directory; 1827, sold by the Garde-Meuble. By 1952, Georges de Batz and Co., New York; November 25, 1952, sold by Georges de Batz and co. to Forsyth Wickes (b. 1876 - d. 1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection