Objet phare des musées de Grasse

Museum of Art and History of Provence

Sedan chair

05 June 2014 / 17h15

Sedan chair

Ca. 1760 - wood, leather and velvet

Museum of the Art and History of Provence - donation by Ferrand Hugues

Inv. 2012.0.2858

Southeast France was home to a large number of Sedan chairs with a characteristic silhouette. This chair is a very beautiful example; it comes from the old Lombard de Gourdon mansion, which was demolished in the 19th century to create the Place aux Herbes in Grasse. The chair is divided into panels which are accented with a frieze and feature a delicate floral motif painted in the centre. The canopy follows the rolling movement of the compartment and is decorated with sculptures at the angles. The inside is lined with velvet and window shades in a matching colour protect the user from the sun's rays.

On the back, a coat of paint, which was most probably added during the French Revolution, hides the coat of arms of the Lombard de Gourdon family.

At the four corners of the central compartment, metal attachments enable positioning the long rods which were slid from back to front so that the passenger could have access to the chair.