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    Sale 1987

    Important European Furniture, Works of Art, Ceramics, Carpets, And Glass

    20 May 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 232

    A DIRECTOIRE MAHOGANY FAUTEUIL

    CIRCA 1795, ATTRIBUTED TO GEORGES JACOB

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A DIRECTOIRE MAHOGANY FAUTEUIL
    CIRCA 1795, ATTRIBUTED TO GEORGES JACOB
    The tablet crestrail above a pierced back, the downswept arms ending in ball finials, above a close-nailed black cushion, on a curule-form base
    37¼in. (94.5cm.) high, 27in. (68.5cm.) wide, 20½in. (52cm.) deep


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    This finely-sculpted fauteuil supported by a curule-form base, reflects the 'antique' influence of the excavations at Pompeii and Herculaneum, as well as Napoleon's Egyptian campaigns of 1798 as popularized by Baron Vivant-Denon in his Voyage dans la Basse et la Haute Egypte published in 1802. This new vocabulary of ornament was swiftly adopted by ornemanistes such as Charles Percier and Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine, architects and designers to Napoleon I. A drawing for several closely related chairs by Charles Percier (one of which is reproduced here), were intended as models for Georges Jacob, and along with two similar fauteuils signed by Jacob, are illustrated in D. Ledoux-Lebard, Le Mobilier Français du XIXe Siècle 1795-1889, Paris, 1989, p. 283 and 331. Another very closely related fauteuil in the Grognot collection is illustrated in M. Jarry, Le Siège en France du Moyen Age a Nos Jours, Paris, 1948, pl. 257.

    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, Monaco, 20 June 1992, lot 765.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR
    (LOT 232)