group / set of four Louis XV fauteuils (open arm chairs) by ébéniste (cabinetmaker) Jean-Baptiste Gourdin (French, 1723-1781) carved and painted frames with flowers, mint green velvet upholstery with nailhead trim, stamped I.GOVRDIN, early 18th century
37" H x 27.5" W x 26" D
16" H / seat height
An 18th century illustrious family of carpenters, the Gourdin have marked the history of seats, from the Régence to Louis XVI. There was three of them: John, the father , Jean-Baptiste, the eldest son and Michel, his brother, the Gourdin family has always been synonymous with quality. Their seats tell the story of the eighteenth century styles. At the head of three separate workshops, Gourdin had a prestigious clientele and realized the most important commands of the time.
Jean-Baptiste worked for a more eclectic clientele than his father, including many financial customers in Europe . He worked for prestigious clients such as the Marquis de Bellevaux, Claude II Bonnay and very regularly for the Prince de Soubise , Duc de Rohan. But his most famous client was the Dauphine Marie- Antoinette during its move to the court.
Dynasty Gourdin has truly crossed styles and dominated the seat market in the eighteenth century, realizing the most important commands of his time. Famous carpenters of the Clery’s street, their seats were sought after by the most prestigious clients. The Gourdin name alone has become the emblem of quality seat of the eighteenth century.
from The GOURDIN Family: A Prestigious Dynasty of Seats Carpenters www.latourcamoufle.com