• The Collection of a Lady - Mag auction at Christies

    Sale 7827

    The Collection of a Lady - Magnificent French Furniture, Savonnerie, Sèvres Porcelain, Silver and Chinese Works of Art

    10 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 580

    A SET OF FOUR LOUIS XVI CARVED GILTWOOD FAUTEUILS A LA REINE

    CIRCA 1780, ATTRIBUTED TO GEORGES JACOB

    Price Realised  

    A SET OF FOUR LOUIS XVI CARVED GILTWOOD FAUTEUILS A LA REINE
    CIRCA 1780, ATTRIBUTED TO GEORGES JACOB
    Carved overall with guilloche and acanthus, each with arched padded back, armrest and seat upholstered in close-nailed rose silk damask, the toprail and apron with berried laurel and oak-and-acorn tied branches, on turned tapering fluted legs and toupie feet, with chamfered seat-rails
    38¼ in. (97 cm.) high; 27½ in. (70 cm.) wide; 24 in. (61 cm.) deep (4)


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    The distinctive arched back of the present armchair was employed in numerous variations by talented menuisiers but possibly first by Jean-Baptiste Gourdin around 1770, who executed a similar chair which is now in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (see Bill Pallot, The Art of the Chair in 18th Century France, Paris, 1989, p. 186). However, the present examples can be attributed to Georges Jacob, based on comparison with a set of similarly-decorated chairs stamped by him, which were sold Christie's Paris, 13 December 2006, lot 310. The distinctive chamfering of the seat-rails is also characteristic of Jacob's oeuvre.

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