Wood armchairs in the style of Claude I Sené (1724–1792, master 1743), France, 1750 circa
An original antique 18th Century pair of museum quality lacquer and gilt wood armchairs. These finely hand carved comfortable wood armchairs have a gorgeous sinuous lines typical of Louis XV period. Each fauteuil with twisted and curved arms and cabriolet legs the top-rail, seat-rail and knees masterfully hand carved with floral patterns. The armchairs are lacquered in a sophisticated light green color with gold leves accents throughout, embellished with gilded foliages and floral patterns on top, on the apron and throughout the legs. Vienna Straw arched backs and seats in unbelievable perfect conditions. Two light pink silk cushions in very good condition for age and use.
An armchair signed by Claude I Sené, very similar to our pair of fauteuils is exposed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Dimensions: Height 96cm, Length 61cm, Depth 53cm, Seat Height 43 cm
Claude I Sené (1724–1792, master 1743) was part of a renowned Parisian cabinetmakers family. He was the son of Jean Sené (born circa 1695), a master cabinetmaker who made ornately carved armchairs with Rococo cartouches and foliage decoration. The latter signed his furniture towards the end of his life, when the use of stamping was obligatory. He adopted the mark SENE LEPERE to distinguish his production from those of his son Claude. Presumably the father and son worked together, at least until Claude obtained his cabinetmaker master status in 1743. He then married Marie-Jeanne Saint-Georges and associated with his brother-in-law, Jean-Etienne Saint-Georges, who resumed his father’s workshop on Rue de CléryParis with the insignia “Grand Saint-Georges”. The two men work separately and each signed their work with their own stamp. He worked with his brother-in-law until 1780, then ceased activity and moved in with his eldest son until his death in 1792. He realized the Louis XV style chairs of the à la reine design with ample and elegant shaping. They were often mounted with frameworks. He also made simply-moulded cabriolet chairs. The Louis XVI chairs by Claude Sené are rare which may seem odd for a cabinetmaker who worked until 1780. Fine examples are in the collections of some French national museums: a Louis XV chair is in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and à la reine chair at the Musée Fabre in Montpellier. One of this master’s most remarkable productions is undoubtedly a grand Louis XVI sofa from the former collection of Ed. Smith. Claude Sené had two sons, Jean-Baptiste Claude Sené (1747-1803) the elder, and Claude Sené II the younger who both received their master cabinetmaker status in 1769. Jean-Baptiste Claude realized high-quality furniture and continually provided Fine examples for the royal family and the court nobility. He was the most famous of this dynasty of cabinetmakers.