possibly embroidered by Joseph-François-Xavier Baudoin (1739– ca. 1786)
Carved and gilded walnut; embroidered silk satin
H. 40 1/4 in. (102.2 cm), W. 29 1/2 in. (74.9 cm), D. 30 5/8 in. (77.8 cm)
Gift of Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1958
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 524
The Museum has two armchairs (fauteuils à la reine) and two side chairs (chaises courantes) that were made about 1780 by Jacob; one of the armchairs is shown here. The carved and gilded frames reveal the finesse of the woodcarver's technique. The pieces are upholstered in white silk satin embroidered with colored silks; the design is in the style of Philippe de la Salle, the most prominent designer of woven silk fabrics of the period.
Signature: [on underside of back seat rail, impressed]: G + IACOB
Louis-Jean-Marie de Bourbon, duc de Penthièvre , Hôtel de Toulouse, Paris (ca. 1780–93) ; Louise-Marie-Adélaïde de Bourbon-Penthièvre, duchesse d'Orléans (1793–97) ; probably Gabriel-Julien Ouvrard , Paris (1793) ; Louis Philippe Joseph, duc d'Orléans (1814–43) ; Marie-Clémentine-Caroline-Léopoldine-Clothilde d'Orléans, Princess of Saxe Coburg and Gotha (1843–1907) ; The Samuel H. Kress Foundation (until 1958; to MMA)