A MATCHED PAIR OF LOUIS XVI GREY-PAINTED CONSOLES
A MATCHED PAIR OF LOUIS XVI GREY-PAINTED CONSOLES
A MATCHED PAIR OF LOUIS XVI GREY-PAINTED CONSOLES
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A MATCHED PAIR OF LOUIS XVI GREY-PAINTED CONSOLES

ONE BY GEORGES JACOB, CIRCA 1780, THE OTHER OF LATER DATE

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A MATCHED PAIR OF LOUIS XVI GREY-PAINTED CONSOLES
ONE BY GEORGES JACOB, CIRCA 1780, THE OTHER OF LATER DATE
Each with a bow-shaped brèche d'Alep later marble top over a conforming fluted frieze partly filled with husks, the acanthus-fronted voluted supports joined by a stretcher centred by an urn, on acanthus-clad bracket feet, one console twice stamped 'G. JACOB'
34 in. (86 cm.) high; 48 ½ in. (123 cm.) wide; 22 ½ in. (57 cm.) deep
Provenance
Anonymous Sale, Sotheby's, London, December 12, 2001, lot 70.
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Lot Essay

Georges Jacob, maître in 1765

The boldly carved scroll supports featured on the present console table are characteristic of the celebrated menuisier Georges Jacob. Similar acanthus-fronted angled scroll supports can be found on a larger console commissioned from Jacob in 1776 by Marie-Fortunée d’Este-Modène, princesse de Conti, for the Salon de compagnie of her hôtel particulier on the rue Saint-Dominique in Paris, and sold Christies, Paris, November 30, 2016, lot 11. A further related console featuring a frieze described as ‘composée de rais de coeur, perles, cannelures’, and with scroll-carved supports and stretchers centred by a vase just as the present lot was supplied by Jacob in 1785 to Monsieur, comte de Provence, and sold Christie’s, Monaco, 2 July 1999, lot 185. In the context of the present console table, it is probable that Jacob drew his inspiration from a design dated 1766 and signed by the renowned sculpteur, ciseleur, dessinateur and graveur Jean-Louis Prieur (1732-1795), now in the University Library in Warsaw.

Georges Jacob was the most celebrated and prolific of the menuisiers en sièges in 18th century France. He moved to Paris in 1755, first working in the atelier of Jean-Baptiste Lerouge, before setting up his own workshop in the rue de Cléry – the street of the artisans du siège – and from 1775, in the rue Meslay. It is in this last atelier that he spent the most important part of his professional career and where his most significant Royal commissions were executed, including those supplied to Marie-Antoinette, the comte d’Artois and the duc de Penthièvre.

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