High-quality Louis XV-Vernis Européen chest of drawers
86 x 131 x 57 cm.
Stamped: Louis Foureau (master craftsman since 27 November 1755) and JME.
Paris, c. 1750 - 1760.
In four gilded bronze sabots, the oak body set in black lacquer, standing on curved legs. Two-panel sans traverse body with an overlapping, loose but symmetrical cartouche formed by vegetable C-turns and slender rocailles. Each drawer with rocaille key plate. The black-ground cartouche filled with imaginative chinoiserie in gold lacquer with staggered architecture and partly mounted figure staffage. Each with two handles in ormolu as curved branches. Knee of the body with gilded rocaille bronzes. Profiled cover plate in Breche d'Alep following the features of the furniture. The sides with high rectangular curved cartridges resuming the front decoration.
Louis Foureau settled with his workshop in the Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis, where he worked for over thirty years. He specialized in furniture with Vernis Européen imitating black Chinese lacquer. His furniture was designed in Transition and Louis XV style, elegantly proportioned throughout and decorated with chinoiserie landscapes in which pagodas and East Asian figures were inserted.
Literature on Louis Foureau:
P. Kjellberg, Le mobilier français du XVIIIe siècle, Paris 1989; p. 326f.
Les ébénistes du XVIIIe siècle - Comte François de Salverte - Les éditions d'Art et d'Histoire, 1934. (1241712) (13)
High-quality Louis XV-vernis européen commode
86 x 131 x 57 cm.
Stamped: Louis Foureau (master since 27 November 1755) and JME.
Paris, ca. 1750 - 1760.
Louis Foureau established his workshop in the rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis where he was active for over 30 years. He specialised in manufacturing furniture with Vernis Européen, imitating black lacquer chinoiserie. His pieces of furniture were created in the Transition and Louis XV styles and are all elegantly proportioned and decorated with Chinoiserie landscapes with pagodas and East Asian figural staffage.
Literature regarding Louis Foureau:
P. Kjellberg, Le mobilier français du XVIIIe siècle, Paris 1989; pp. 326.
Les ébénistes du XVIIIe siècle - Comte François de Salverte - Les éditions d'Art et d'Histoire, 1934.
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