An elegant lacquered beechwood fauteuil en cabriolet with a cartouche shaped upholstered back with floral carved crest rail and a serpentine leaf and floral carved seat raised on cabriole legs. Upholstered in a fine 19th-Century floral needlepoint tapestry the armchair is stamped I.B. Sené (Jean-Baptiste Claude Sené, menuisier en siège – maître le 10 mai 1769).
With a beautiful patina of distressed lacquer, this chair is elegant, refined, and a tasteful statement.
While stamped by Jean-Baptiste Claude, this model is more characteristic of his father’s work: Claude I Sené, who during the reign of Louis XV produced a series of elegant seats of similar style and proportions. It is highly possible that this example was created at the beginning of Jean-Baptiste Claude’s career following his father’s models.
Based on rue de Cléry, the family’s workshop remained active until the beginning of the 19th century, closing down only after Jean-Baptiste Claude’s death in 1803. At the beginning of his career he quickly acquired a great reputation amongst the French nobility and the Parisian bourgeoisie.
It is in 1785 that his workshop, along with that of competitor furniture maker Jean-Baptiste Boulard, was chosen to supply the Garde Meuble de la Couronne. Until the revolution in 1789, he produced exquisite pieces of furniture destined to the royal family at Versailles, Saint-Cloud, Compiegne and Fontainebleau. It is said that some individual orders were so important that they were split between Sené and Boulard in order to meet the delivery deadlines. Throughout his career, Sené was said to have been influenced by fellow furniture maker Georges Jacob in both style and techniques. Although less popular than Jacob, Sené has always been considered his equal.
Provenance: Private German collection France, Circa 1770s