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    Sale 12455

    European Furniture & Works of Art

    6 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 43

    A PAIR OF LATE LOUIS XVI MAHOGANY CHAIRS

    BY GEORGES JACOB, CIRCA 1785-90

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    A PAIR OF LATE LOUIS XVI MAHOGANY CHAIRS
    BY GEORGES JACOB, CIRCA 1785-90
    Each with an outscrolled padded back and seat covered in striped green silk, on two front tapering circular legs headed by rosettes and terminating in toupie feet, and two back sabre legs, each stamped 'G.JACOB'


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    Georges Jacob, maître in 1766.

    With their delicate out curved backs, these chairs demonstrate the supremely elegant and refined ‘Etruscan’ style employed by Georges Jacob from the 1780s, but also by his sons who entered a collaboration which was short-lived as Georges II died in 1803, prompting Georges to re-join the firm he had left six years earlier. Jacob and his sons developed various characteristic features such as pierced backs with trellis and other motifs, as well as distinctive legs with gadrooned capitals, such as those on the present chaises. Among the most celebrated seat-furniture executed in these years are the chairs he supplied to Marie Antoinette's dairy at Rambouillet in 1787 (see M. Beurdeley, Georges Jacob (1739-1814) et son temps, Saint-Remy en l'Eau, 2002).