A pair of Spanish Art Nouveau armchairs with giltwood frames by Joan Busquets. Made for Antonio Gaudi''s Palacio Güell, Barcelona, Joan Busquets crafted much of Gaudi''s furniture. A member of a family that was long involved in the design and manufacture of furniture in Spain, Joan Busquests was a proponent of Art Nouveau and modernism at the turn of the 20th century Spain. Most often associated with the architect and designer Antonio Gaudi and the movement specific to the Catalan region of Barcelona, Busquets''s designs encompass a broader range of European Art Nouveau, particularly those of France and Belgium. His furniture is often reduced in scale, embodies the rococo in an inventive way and uses gilding to enhance and lightened design, as well as to serve as a reflective element. This chair model looks identical to a suite of furniture designed in collaboration with Antonio Gaudi for the Güell Palace, Barcelona that is pictured in situ in a photograph from the palace. These chairs appear to be identical to those pictured. From 1840 on, Joan Busquets produced furniture for numerous distinguished clients in Barcelona, and also supplied the aristocracy in Madrid, Cuba, Puerto Rico and the republics of Central and South America. The leitmotiv of Busquets''s firm was the golden sunflower with sinuous stem (to which must be added other motifs based on flora and fauna, suc
h as lilies, orchids and snails), evident in his furniture designs. Provenance: Pedro Uhart, Paris Allan Stone Gallery, New York (acquired from the above ca. 1986) Exhibited: New York, Allan Stone Gallery, Furniture by Gaudi and Busquets, September 9 - November 26, 1996. New York, Allan Stone Gallery, Nouveau to Modern: Transitions in Art and Design, January 16-March 2, 2013.
A French Art Nouveau 18 karat gold link long chain. The link chain is formed of 145 lozenge-shaped links which have wire arabesque motif overlay. The attached shield-shaped medallion depicts Joan of Arc at the Coronation of Charles VII in 1429.
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