Georges Jacob (1739-1814), maître in 1765.
This elegant rotating desk chair is closely related to the fauteuil de toilette executed by Jacob circa 1770 probably for the Comtesse du Barry at the Petit Trianon. Interestingly, the latter fauteuil also bears the brand of Marie-Antoinette's Garde-Meuble.
A bequest of Comte Isaac de Camondo to the Louvre in 1911, it is now at Versailles (inv.OA6553).
The rosette-headed pieds en console with spiral terminals, the caned back and circular seat fitted with an ingenious swivelling mechanism, and above all, the quality of the execution are characteristic of the oeuvre of Jacob and can be found on numerous fauteuils stamped by or attributed to the ébéniste, among which, closely-related fauteuils de bureau sold, Christie's house sale, Godmersham Park, 6-9 June 1983, lot 192 (£34,560), Couturier-Nicolay, Paris, 20 October 1983, lot 65 (240,000FF), Tajan, 19 July 1991, lot 88, and more recently, Christie's, Paris, 23 June 2005, lot 480. A further related pair of fauteuils attributed to Jacob and featuring the ébéniste's signature pieds en console with spiral terminals can also be found in the Muse Carnavalet (inv. MB466).