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Louis XV-style chair back: The Chinese Astronomer Medallion

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White satin ground with central design of man in Chinese costume -- in setting of flowers and landscape -- peering through telescope; wide frame of rose wreath; design brocaded with polychrome silks; several worn places in upper portion. Astronomer and floral setting brocaded with polychrome silk...

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Madame Niclausse (dealer), Paris; sold by Mme. Niclausse to Adolph Loewi, Los Angeles; 1951, sold by Loewi to the MFA for $200. (Accession Date: February 8, 1951)

Credit Line

Income of Seth K. Sweetser Fund

French, about 1775

Object Place

Lyon, France


Overall: 66 x 63.5 cm (26 x 25 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk brocade


Textiles and Fashion Arts