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Comprising four armchairs and eight side chairs, each oval padded back and serpentine seat upholstered in mint colored leather within a ribbon-tied frame crested by a rosette and bow on fluted turned tapering legs and toupie feet
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The present suite of dining chairs were designed by London cabinet-maker, John Linnell (d.1796). His sketch for this model is now in the Victoria and Albert Museum and reflects the French antique style of the early 1770s. Their design, with acanthus-supported medallion backs, Grecian-scrolled arms with acanthus-wrapped cabochons and imbricated-paterae embellishing the hermed front legs is directly inspired by a prototype French chair-pattern executed by the menuisier Jean-Baptiste Boulard (maître in 1755) and illustrated in M. Jarry, Le Siège Français, Fribourg, 1973, p. 203, figs. 195-6. The distinctive leaf clasped arm terminal is also seen on a giltwood canapé by Claude Sené I from the Jack and Belle Linsky collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1982.60.71).
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