• Cabinet d'un Amateur Européen auction at Christies

    Sale 7822

    Cabinet d'un Amateur Européen

    9 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 369

    A SET OF FOURTEEN DIRECTOIRE MAHOGANY DINING-CHAIRS

    BY JACOB FRERES RUE MESLEE, CIRCA 1796-1803

    Estimate

    A SET OF FOURTEEN DIRECTOIRE MAHOGANY DINING-CHAIRS
    BY JACOB FRERES RUE MESLEE, CIRCA 1796-1803
    Comprising eight fauteuils and six chairs, each with an outscrolled pierced lattice backrest, the armchairs with curved arms and fluted column supports, the seats covered in close-nailed caramel brown leather, on ring-turned tapering legs headed by rosettes and terminating in toupie feet, two with paper label inscribed 'Cn Deiretot, six with labels inscribed 'Cnne B Chambre a coucher du 1er', stamped 'JACOB FRèRES RUE MESLéE', two armchairs of later date
    The armchairs: 35¼ in. (89.5 cm.) high; 22½ in. (57 cm.) wide; 19¼ in. (49 cm.) deep; the chairs: 34¾ in. (88 cm.) high; 17¾ in. (45 cm.) wide; 15½ in. (39.5 cm.) deep (14)


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    Georges II Jacob and François-Honoré-Georges Jacob used this stamp between 1796 and 1803.

    With their delicate outcurved trellis-carved backs, these chairs demonstrate the supremely elegant and refined style employed by the sons of Georges Jacob, 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. The distinctive trellis motif had been used by Jacob for 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) but was enduringly fashionable during the Directoire and his successors supplied various superb related examples to Fontainebleau, some of which were sold, Sotheby's, Paris, 12 March 2002, lot 45.

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    Provenance

    Jaime Ortiz-Patiño, sold Sotheby's, New York, 20 May 1992, lot 92.


    Pre-Lot Text

    The present lot formed part of the collection of Jaime Ortiz-Patiño until sold at Sotheby's, New York, on 20 May 1992, lot 92, where acquired by the present owner.
    Ortiz-Patiño descends from an important family of collectors, with his grandfather, the Bolivian 'Tin King' Simon I. Patiño, a great benefactor of Bolivian education and, undeniably, the inspiration behind his children's enduring passion for collecting.
    Mr. Ortiz-Patiño's impressive collection ranged from Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts to French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, while encompassing French furniture, important silver and Old Master paintings. Part of the contents of his former Swiss residence were sold at Sotheby's, New York, on 20 May 1992, among which this elegant set of Directoire dining-chairs by Jacob Frères.