Louis XV-style chair back: The Chinese Astronomer Medallion
Designed by Jean-Baptiste Pillement (French, 1728–1808)
Object Place: Lyon, France
Overall: 66 x 63.5 cm (26 x 25 in.)
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White satin ground with central design of man in Chinese costume – in setting of flowers and landscape – peering through telescope; wide frame of rose wreath; design brocaded with polychrome silks; several worn places in upper portion.
Astronomer and floral setting brocaded with polychrome silk thread on ivory silk satin ground; flower garland border brocaded with pink and green silk threads on supplementary ivory silk threads bound in a twill pattern.
Madame Niclausse (dealer), Paris; sold by Mme. Niclausse to Adolph Loewi, Los Angeles; 1951, sold by Loewi to the MFA for $200. (Accession Date: February 8, 1951)
Income of Seth K. Sweetser Fund