A set of four Empire carved giltwood 'Palais des Tuileries' chaises by Pierre-Benoit Marcion (1769-1840) With Tuileries inventory stamps from the Restauration period (4)

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A set of four Empire carved giltwood 'Palais des Tuileries' chaises by Pierre-Benoit Marcion (1769-1840)
With Tuileries inventory stamps from the Restauration period

Sold for £ 6,000 (US$ 7,366) inc. premium
A set of four Empire carved giltwood 'Palais des Tuileries' chaises by Pierre-Benoit Marcion (1769-1840)
With Tuileries inventory stamps from the Restauration period
Circa 1810-15, each with raised stylised acanthus, laurel leaf, flowerhead and lotus-leaf ornament, on stiff-leaf clasped turned front legs and splayed square section rear legs, each chair stamped: 'P. MARCION' and 'T.H.' along with the Tuileries Fleur du Lys stamp, each chaise: 49cm wide. (4)

Footnotes

  • Three especially comparable chaises to the offered lot are illustrated in Ledoux-Lebard, Le Mobilier Francais du XIX Siecle, p. 465. Dated 1810-14, these chairs originally formed part of a set of twelve and each bear Marcion's stamp.

    A virtually identical pair, albeit a painted and parcel gilt version, sold Christie's, Paris, 16 April 2007, Mobilier et Objets d'Art, lot 306. As with the present and following set, these conforming chairs are impressed with the same stamps of 'T.H.' along with three crowned Fleur du Lys, together representative of an inventory of Royal items undertaken at the Palais des Tuileries during the Restauration period, circa 1815.

    Pierre-Benoit Marcion
    Marcion, who was one of the foremost Parisian cabinet makers during the early 19th century, was active from 1798 until retiring to Chateau-Thierry in 1817. After the great Jacob dynasty, Marcion was the next most significant supplier of furniture to Napoleon and, like the Jacobs, his firm provided furnishings for the Emperor and Empress at Compiegne, Petit Trianon, Grand Trianon, Fontainebleau, Saint-Cloud and Rambouillet. In fact, as with the offered side chairs, Marcion's work is noted in D. Ledoux-Lebard, Le Mobilier Francais du XIX Siecle, pp.'s 461-8, for being of consistently very fine quality indeed.

    Literature
    D. Ledoux-Lebard, Le Mobilier Francais du XIX Siecle, London, 1989.
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A set of four Empire carved giltwood 'Palais des Tuileries' chaises by Pierre-Benoit Marcion (1769-1840) With Tuileries inventory stamps from the Restauration period (4)
A set of four Empire carved giltwood 'Palais des Tuileries' chaises by Pierre-Benoit Marcion (1769-1840) With Tuileries inventory stamps from the Restauration period (4)
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