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    Sale 7464

    Un hôtel particulier du Faubourg Saint-Germain The Collection of The Marquis and Marquise de Ravenel

    21 - 22 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 163

    A PAIR OF DIRECTOIRE MAHOGANY CHAISES

    CIRCA 1790, IN THE MANNER OF JACOB DESMALTER, AFTER A DESIGN BY CHARLES PERCIER

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    A PAIR OF DIRECTOIRE MAHOGANY CHAISES
    CIRCA 1790, IN THE MANNER OF JACOB DESMALTER, AFTER A DESIGN BY CHARLES PERCIER
    Upholstered in striped green and brown silk, the swept padded backs and padded seat on ring-turned legs, later blocks, both chairs with old repairs to the backs and each with a repair to one back leg, one chair with later metal supporting brackets to the underside of the back legs, the other chair with an old repair to the top of one front leg, some paterae carving replaced, one stamped '2197', the other '2198' (2)


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    The chairs are designed in the French 'Antique' manner, and with their Grecian scrolled backs and elegantly pillared legs in the Pompeian bronze fashion, relate to an armchair pattern invented for the celebrated ébéniste François-Honoré-Georges Jacob Desmalter (d.1814) by the architect Charles Percier (d.1838), co-author with Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine (d.1853) of Recueil de décorations intérieures, 1801 (see D. Ledoux-Lebard, Le Mobilier Français du XIX Siècle, 1795-1889: dictionnaire des ébénistes et des menuisiers, Paris, 1989, p.283).

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