French Louis XVI style giltwood fauteuil de bureau
A fine French mid-19th century Louis XVI style giltwood swivel fauteuil de bureau
the curved back on spiral fluted baluster arm supports, the caned rotating seat on fluted tapering legs, covered with a rich red leather cushioned seat and back
Size: 88cm high, 66cm wide, 69cm deep
In the manner of Georges Jacob (1739-1814, Master 1765).
A similar chair with swivel seat was created for Marie-Antoinette's bedroom at the Petit Trianon, her private mansion on the grounds of Versailles. (see picture taken at the Getty Museum by Francois Le Brun in 2019). It belongs to a suite of bedroom seat furniture delivered in 1788, just before the start of the French Revolution. Of a special type called a fauteuil de toilette, it served a specific purpose in Marie-Antoinette's daily grooming and dressing ritual, known as the toilette. Specifically designed for hairdressing, its seat includes an ingeniously hidden swivel mechanism that allowed the queen to turn a full 360 degrees.