Giltwood and tapestry
99 x 188 x 66 cm
Place of origin
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Upton House, Warwickshire (Accredited Museum)
A large settee, part of a set of giltwood seat furniture, comprising a settee and eight open armchairs, French, circa 1880, upholstered in tapestry depicting pastoral scenes in the manner of Francois Boucher, each with ribbon-twist rectangular back and padded arms with rosette terminals and fluted supports, the rounded seat on fluted tapering legs headed with a rosette.
Francois Boucher (1703 - 1770) was a prolific artist as well as a designer for the theatre and for tapestries. His first commission for King Louis XV was in 1735 and the King's mistress, Madame de Pompadour, was Boucher's chief patron from 1750 until her death in 1764. His involvement with the Beauvais tapestry workshops lasted for two decades and he was also an inspector at the Royal Gobelins Manufactory.