Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A Chinoiserie Bench - Elements oF Style

Montespan Settee

A Chinoiserie bench for a covered veranda, conservatory or entrance hall.

A red one is looking sensational
by placing next to a bush of blue hydrangea
as shown below.

Montespan Settee is so named for Louis XIV's mistress, Athenais de Montespan, who had the first Chinoiserie-influenced interior in the Trianon de Porcelaine designed by Louis Le Vau at Versailles.

This Chinoiserie-style settee is handcrafted of solid poplar and finished in rich red Chinese lacquer. The slatted seat, resting on square legs, has x-formed sides, while the back is composed of 5 circles and 4 solid rounds. The top rail centrally curves up to also form an x. A charming addition to a covered veranda, conservatory or entrance hall.

Francoise Athénais de Rochechouart de Mortemart
1640 - 1707
Contemparary painting by an unknown artist.

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