Hillwood Mansion, French Drawing Room
Sené, Claude I
Gilt wood, leather
H. 30 1/2 in., W. 25 1/4 in., D. 22 1/2 in.
This chair was possibly designed as a dressing table chair. Its low back and enveloping seat would have facilitated the powdering of hair. The chair bears the mark of the maker Claude I Sené, a member of one of the most famous dynasties of chairmakers, as well as the stamp of the garde meuble de la reine, the office in charge of supplying furnishings for Queen Marie Antoinette’s apartments.
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973
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