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    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 358

    A SET OF FOUR DIRECTOIRE MAHOGANY MARQUISES

    BY GEORGES AND FRANCOIS-HONORE GEORGES JACOB, KNOWN AS JACOB DESMALTER, CIRCA 1803-1813

    Price Realised  

    A SET OF FOUR DIRECTOIRE MAHOGANY MARQUISES
    BY GEORGES AND FRANCOIS-HONORE GEORGES JACOB, KNOWN AS JACOB DESMALTER, CIRCA 1803-1813
    Each with arched padded back, arms, seat, scatter and squab cushion covered in maroon cotton, the stop-fluted outswept arms terminating in a Greek key, on reeded turned tapering legs headed by a sunflower patera, the underside of one marquise inscribed in chalk 'Dumazet', three stamped 'J.D.', and each stamped 'G.JACOB'
    35¼ in. (89.5 cm.) high; 37 in. (94 cm.) wide; 20½ in. (52 cm.) deep (4)


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    This unusual leg à renflements godronnés headed by a sunflower patera can be found on a significant number of pieces by Georges Jacob (1739-1814, maître in 1765) and illustrates the innovative and exploratory stylistic approach undertaken by the menuisier during the Directoire period (ill. in P. Kjellberg, Le Mobilier Français du XVIIIème siècle, Paris, 1998, p. 427, figs., a, b and d). A petit canapé or marquise by Jacob featuring closely-related legs and seatrail is illustrated in D. Ledoux-Lebard, Le Mobilier Français du XIXème siècle, Paris, 1989, p. 290), and a further related example with recorded versions by both Jacob père and Jacob Frères is also illustrated, Ibid.

    These marquises are stamped by Georges Jacob (1739-1814, maître in 1765) while three of them are also stamped by the celebrated menuisier's younger son François-Honoré-Georges Jacob (1770-1841) with whom Jacob père worked between 1803 and 1813 under the company name JACOB DESMALTER. 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 MESLéE' (1796-1803). After Georges II's untimely death in 1803, Jacob père re-joined the firm where he remained until 1813.

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    The title, maker and date for this lot should read: 'A SET OF FOUR DIRECTOIRE MAHOGANY MARQUISES BY GEORGES AND FRANCOIS-HONORE GEORGES JACOB, KNOWN AS JACOB DESMALTER, CIRCA 1803-1813'