AN EMPIRE ORMOLU AND PATINATED BRONZE-MOUNTED MAHOGANY BUREAU PLAT
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AN EMPIRE ORMOLU AND PATINATED BRONZE-MOUNTED MAHOGANY BUREAU PLAT

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

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AN EMPIRE ORMOLU AND PATINATED BRONZE-MOUNTED MAHOGANY BUREAU PLAT
ATTRIBUTED TO GEORGES AND FRANCOIS-HONORE-GEORGES JACOB, KNOWN AS JACOB-DESMALTER, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
The gilt-tooled brown leather-lined rounded rectangular top above leather-lined writing slides to each side and a plain frieze fitted with three drawers mounted with confronting lions, the square sectioned cabriole legs headed by winged lion's masks and terminating in paw feet
29 in. (74 cm.) high; 57¼ in. (145.5 cm.) wide; 31¾ in. (80.5 cm.) deep
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Lot Essay

The fantastic bronze winged lion's masks heading the legs of this elegant bureau plat derive from a design for a grand fauteuil de bureau published by the architects Charles Percier and Pierre-François Fontaine (C. Percier & P. F. L. Fontaine, Recueil de Décorations Intérieures, 1801, pl. 15, nos. 9 and 10) and appear - carved in wood rather than cast in bronze - on pairs of console tables made in 1804 by the celebrated firm of Jacob-Desmalter for the palais de Fontainebleau (J-P Samoyault, Meubles entrés sous le Premier Empire, Paris, 2004, pp. 94 - 96). The firm of Jacob, already leading chair maker in the late 18th century, was the Emperor's main purveyor. Under the direction of Georges (1739-1814), maître in 1765, and François-Honoré Georges Jacob (1770-1841) dit Jacob-Desmalter, the firm was renowned for its exceptional carved furniture as well as fine case furniture, often featuring the finest mahogany veneers. A related mahogany bureau plat with similar bronzed griffin monopodia supports bearing the stamp of Jacob Frères Rue Meslée was sold from the collections of Josette Day-Solvay, Tajan, Paris, 17 December 2002, lot 173.
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