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    Sale 7445

    Important European Furniture, Sculpture and Tapestries

    6 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 139

    A LATE LOUIS XV GREY-PAINTED FAUTEUIL DE BUREAU

    ATTRIBUTED TO GEORGES JACOB, THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

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    A LATE LOUIS XV GREY-PAINTED FAUTEUIL DE BUREAU
    ATTRIBUTED TO GEORGES JACOB, THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
    Densely-carved overall with stiff-leaf, piastres and beading, the gondola-shaped back, foliate-carved and padded arms with scroll terminals and circular swivelling caned seat with tan cushion above imbricated hipped cabriole legs headed by rosettes and terminating in toupie feet, restorations to rails and legs
    33½ in. (85 cm.) high; 23 in. (58.5 cm.) wide; 22¼ in. (56.5 cm.) deep


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    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).

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY (LOTS 133-144)