• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7784

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    10 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 794

    A LOUIS XVI GILTWOOD CANAPE

    ATTRIBUTED TO GEORGES JACOB, CIRCA 1785

    Price Realised  

    A LOUIS XVI GILTWOOD CANAPE
    ATTRIBUTED TO GEORGES JACOB, CIRCA 1785
    The beaded and piastre-carved rounded rectangular back, sides and squab cushion covered in polychrome floral silk damask, the back with fruit finials, above acanthus-wrapped supports, on turned tapering and stop-fluted legs headed by floral paterae and terminating in toupie feet, with two loose cushions
    39 in. (99 cm.) high; 70¾ in. (179.5 cm.) wide; 26¾ in. (68 cm.) deep


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    The quality of the execution, ample proportions and delicate carving to the frame of this elegant canapé all point to the celebrated menuisier Georges Jacob (maître in 1765). The distinctive grenades (or pomegranates) finials and piastre-carved arm supports headed by enroulements are elements which are recurrent in his oeuvre. Among the related examples by Jacob featuring such characteristics, a pair of canapés apparently supplied to Monsieur Bonnefoy-Duplan, garçon concierge du Garde-Meuble à Versailles et au Petit Trianon, was sold at Christie's, New York, 22 November 1983, lot 217; a further related canapé with similarly-shaped back was sold from the Collection of Evelyn Annenberg Hall from 640 Park Avenue, 17 May 2006, lot 354, while a third example was sold Piasa, Paris, 19 December 2007, lot 144.

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    Provenance

    Partridge, London, where acquired by the present owner in the 1990s.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY OF TITLE