Louis XV-style chair back: The Chinese Astronomer Medallion

about 1775
Designed by Jean-Baptiste Pillement (French, 1728–1808)

Object Place: Lyon, France


Overall: 66 x 63.5 cm (26 x 25 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk brocade

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



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)

Credit Line

Income of Seth K. Sweetser Fund