Cabriolet chair

Cabriolet chair
Paris, circa 1780
Sculpted and gilt beechwood
Paul Cosson bequest, 1926
Inv. 25194
© Photo MAD, Paris / Jean Tholance

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The novel features of this chair by an anonymous maker are its ornate decoration and the shape of the back, midway between square and oval. Although made compulsory by decree by the Parlement de Paris in 1637, stamping furniture with the maker’s mark did not become widespread until the 18th century, but it was still not systematic.