One of the very best antiques we have ever offered, this circa 1690 French Louis XIII sofa is absolutely jaw-dropping with its earlier circa 1640 Aubusson upholstery. Out of a premier collection, this special sofa offers not only a significant carved antique frame but, also a stunning example of early 17th century Aubusson at its absolute finest. My expert team of restorers went over this sofa with a fine toothed comb and strengthened each and every loose joint and repaired any missing bits and pieces, just as it would have been done 200 years ago. The Aubusson is in very good condition and makes this sofa as visually appealing as it is comfortable to sit on. A very rare find, rumor has it that we purchased this sofa under the noses of a very famous museum. This is the opportunity of a lifetime to own a phenomenal piece of history 300 years +.
There is sometimes confusion regarding the difference between a needlepoint pillow and an aubusson pillow. At first glance they can appear similar, but they are actually very different. Needlepoint work is created on a canvas by looping yarn through the canvas with a needle; Aubusson work however, uses no canvas. The Aubusson is actually a flat weave tapestry, where many threads are interwoven to create a beautiful piece. "Aubusson" actually refers to a town by the same name in France, the original center of production of tapestry and tapestry-weave carpets and wall embellishments since the mid 17th century. Today, "Aubusson" products are also manufactured outside of the French town. These Aubusson products are among the most highly desired, the most luxurious pieces one can adorn their home with. Decorators and designers often choose Aubusson pillows because they add a rich texture and incredible detail. Colors are often bright and vibrant. Wool and silk yarns are used to create these stunning works of art. These products are usually more expensive due to the amount of intricate work and detail needed to create each piece.
Provenance: -Collection of Fern Bedaux, Château de Candé, Touraine -Auction of his estate, 1972.
Towers. -Castle of the Lion, Preuilly on Claise, Touraine. -Château de Mardelle, Indre.
Referenced in a book by: Marie Françoise Sassier--"Candé between dream and reality" Council of Indre and Loire, Tours, 2005. In the library, the sofa on pp. 104 and 128. This furniture related with Louis XIII resided at The Château de Candé in Touraine, and was utilized in the marriage reception of Edward VII and Wallis Simpons, future Prince and Princess of Wales on June 3, 1937.