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A pair of Louis XVI parcel-gilt fauteuils. The backs are coved and of a tapering rectangular form, the top rail is of serpentine outline and the apex is carved with a boldly carved gadrooned border. The side rails and seat rails are carved with recessed panels with gilt edges. The arms sweep out from the side rails, have upholstered arm pads and terminate in hexagonal capitals. The arm support is a tapering fluted column and is in turn supported by a horizontally fluted plinth. The fauteuils stand on turned tapering fluted legs terminating in ovoid topie feet.Attributed to Claude Sené II Claude II Sené ('le Jeune') was the youngest son of Claude I and brother of the famous Jean-Baptiste. He became a maître menuisier in 1743, worked in the Faubourg Saint Denis, declared himself insolvent in 1783 and by 1784 was re-established in the rue de Cléry. He worked for a number of private clients and also temporarily undertook commissions for the Garde-Meuble but these ceased with the Revolution. He left some beautiful examples of 'Louis XVI' chairs, typically well designed and exquisitely carved in the vein of the work of Jean-Baptiste. However, as these chairs were not royal commissions they tended to be simpler in their decoration.
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