• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 2203

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe Including Carpets from The Corcoran Gallery of Art

    24 November 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 240

    A CONSULAT ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY BEDSIDE TABLE ('SOMNO')

    STAMPED 'JACOB FRERES RUE MESLEE', CIRCA 1800

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    A CONSULAT ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY BEDSIDE TABLE ('SOMNO')
    STAMPED 'JACOB FRERES RUE MESLEE', CIRCA 1800
    With veined grey marble inset top and lined shelf with tambour door, slide and cupboard, stamped to underside rail
    31¼ in. (79.5 cm.) high, 19¾ in. (50 cm.) wide, 16 in. (40.5 cm.) deep


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    The stamp 'Jacob Frères, Rue Meslée' was used by François-Honoré-Georges and Georges II Jacob, between 1796 and 1803.

    A somno of identical model was recorded in the Emperor's bedroom at the Palais des Tuileries in 1807 (and is illustrated in D. Ledoux-Lebard, Le Grand Trianon: Meubles et objets d'art, Paris, 1975, p. 164):
    Un somno acajou orné à la devanture d'un trèpied a un vanteau, tablette intérieure et cylindre. Deux marbres bleu turquin dont un avec cercle de cuivre bruni.

    The Emperor's somno was probably one of two made by Jacob Frères and delivered to the Tuileries by Jacob Père in 1800, described as:
    Deux tables de nuit en bois d'acajou à deux tablettes de marbre chacune, avec des roulettes en cuivre.

    It was subsequently returned by the Emperor to the Garde Meuble in 1808 in the course of redecorating and made its way to the Petit-Trianon where it was recorded in 1836.

    Provenance

    Possibly commissioned by Napoleon for one of the Imperial palaces.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A LONG ISLAND ESTATE (LOT 240)