A SET OF TEN LOUIS XVI GRAY-PAINTED DINING CHAIRS
A SET OF TEN LOUIS XVI GRAY-PAINTED DINING CHAIRS
A SET OF TEN LOUIS XVI GRAY-PAINTED DINING CHAIRS
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A SET OF TEN LOUIS XVI GRAY-PAINTED DINING CHAIRS

BY GEORGES JACOB, CIRCA 1775

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A SET OF TEN LOUIS XVI GRAY-PAINTED DINING CHAIRS
BY GEORGES JACOB, CIRCA 1775
Each with horseshoe-shaped padded back in channeled frame on tapering stop-fluted legs headed by paterae, eight stamped 'G. IACOB'
36 ½ in. (93 cm.) high
Provenance
Anonymous Sale; Christie's, New York, 21 November 1984, lot 193

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Lot Essay

Georges Jacob, maître in 1765.

These chairs are emblematic of the oeuvre of Georges Jacob, who has been credited by some as the first menuisier to make circular seat rails among the master joiners in eighteenth-century France. Chairs by Jacob of similar design include a closely related chaise illustrated J. Nicolay, L’Art et la Manière des Maîtres Ebénistes Français du XVIIIe Siècle, Paris, 1976, p. 232, fig. AO; a chair with identical horseshoe back, see ibid., p. 228, fig. C; and a set of four chairs with the same back sold from the collection of the late Thelma Chrysler Foy, Parke-Bernet, New York, 22-23 May 1959, lot 742.
Other menuisiers produced chairs of closely related form: on 25 October 1786, a set of fifty chaises, similar to this set, were delivered to the Louis XVI's dining room at Versailles by the workshops of Jean-Baptiste Sené and Jean-Baptiste Boulard, see P. Verlet, Le Mobilier Royal Français, Paris, 1945, pp. 81-83, pl. XLV.

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