Lot 248

THREE CANNED CHAIRS by TILLIARD in moulded and sculpted beech wood, the violin-shaped backrest decorated with cushioned flowers surrounded by foliage garlands, the shoulder decorated with acanthus scrolls. The scrolled belt has in the centre of the belt flowers adorned on each side with vegetal garlands. Four arched console feet decorated with flowers at the top and ending in acanthus leaves. Stamped TILLIARD, for Jean-Baptiste I TILLIARD father, received master in 1717, or Jean-Baptiste II TILLIARD son, received master on July 16, 1752. Height 94, Width 50.5, Depth 51 cm. (accidents, restorations and metal reinforcements, one front foot). Provenance: descendant of Jean Marie-Pie Michel Claret (1805-1886), architect-decorator of Napoleon III and protégé of Baron James de Rothschild. Three moulded beech caned chairs stamped by Tillard in the 18th century. The Tillard dynasty was born with Jean-Baptiste Tilliard I (1665-1766). Setting up his workshop in Paris, rue de Cléry, he received orders from prestigious amateurs, starting with the Prince de Soubise, but above all the furniture of the Crown. The richness of his aesthetic vocabulary associated with the numerous forms of seating available made him one of the most recognised carpenters of his time, following the example of the Foliot family. His production was continued by his son Jean-Baptiste II Tilliard (1752-1797) who joined the family workshop where he completed his apprenticeship. Because of the knowledge acquired from the father and the repetition of the same stamp, the personal productions of the Tilliards father and son are difficult to distinguish.