Both the scrolled backs and the bold carving of the wings of these splendid fauteuils feature on the fauteuils supplied by JACOB-DESMALTER for the chambre à coucher of Empress Joséphine in 1809. These are now in the so-called Chambre de la Reine des Belges at the Grand Trianon, redecorated by Louis-Philippe in 1845 (D. Ledoux-Lebard, Le Grand Trianon, Paris, 1975, p. 186).
Georges Jacob (1739-1814) and his middle son, François-Honoré-Georges Jacob (1770-1841) worked together under the company name JACOB DESMALTER between 1803 and 1813. Prior to that, François-Honoré-Georges was in partnership with his elder brother Georges II (1768-1803), during which time the brothers used the stamp 'JACOB FRERES RUE MESLEE' (1796-1803). After Georges II's untimely death in 1803, Georges Jacob père re-joined the firm where he remained until 1813.
An identical pair of fauteuils stamped 'JACOB.D. RUE MESLéE' was sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 7 July 2005, lot 449 (£26,400 with premium).