Salon furniture by Louis Moreau
Each seat features a linear seat rail, supported by four fluted legs, six for the settees, rhythmic ends of smooth bands, while the back feet slightly placed obliquely. The seat, cane as the backrest, is adorned with pellet with double molding at each corner. Sofas and armchairs each feature slightly curved and abstemious arm rests over sharply curved supports, which undoubtedly contribute to the elegance of the overall design.
This set is directly inspired by the famous suite of thirty-six armchairs commissioned by the Marquis de Marigny to the cabinetmaker Pierre Garnier for the dining room of his mansion, Place des Victoires, and which were delivered between 1778 and 1781 (fig.1). Due to the regulation of the guilds, there are very few seats made by cabinetmaker in the 18th century. Some renowned cabinetmakers have, however, tried this style exercise: Riesener, Canabas, Cosson, Stockel and Garnier. The prestige of the patrons seems to have favored a derogation from the rules of the corporations. This model illustrated perfectly the Anglo mania as it applies to the French furniture in the years 1770. It testifies of the taste of this period for the seats made of massive mahogany of first choice and the search for a « noble simplicity ». The economy of the shapes and the purity of the lines are remarkable on our salon furniture set.