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    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 81

    A PAIR OF EMPIRE PARCEL-GILT AND EBONISED FAUTEUILS

    ATTRIBUTED TO GEORGES AND FRANCOIS-HONORE GEORGES JACOB, KNOWN AS JACOB DESMALTER, EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF EMPIRE PARCEL-GILT AND EBONISED FAUTEUILS
    ATTRIBUTED TO GEORGES AND FRANCOIS-HONORE GEORGES JACOB, KNOWN AS JACOB DESMALTER, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    Each with a rectangular back and drop-in seat covered in green and gold striped silk, the outscrolled uprights supported by winged griffins, on foliate-wrapped splayed legs terminating in conformingly-carved feet
    35 in. (89 cm.) high; 25 in. (63.5 cm.) wide; 19¼ in. (49 cm.) deep (2)


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    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).

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