Georges Jacob, maître in 1765.
This exceptional suite of seat-furniture is of almost identical model to that supplied by the menuisiser de la Cour Georges Jacob for Armand-Louis-François de Bethune, comte de Chârost, for the hôtel du duc de Bethune-Chârost in Paris. The son of the last duc de Charost, de Bethune and his father moved into the hôtel de Seignelay in 1780 and, perhaps with the help of the architect Pierre Patte, turned to Jacob for seat-furniture and the marchand-mercier Dominique Daguerre, the latter supplying 33,000 livres worth of furniture. A pair of chairs from this latter suite, their only difference being the broken curve to the front seat-rail and stop-fluted legs, was sold anonymously at Christie's Monaco, 20 June 1994, lot 208.
A further closely related suite was supplied by Jacob to Monsieur le marquis de Mestal, of which a pair of fauteuils was sold anonymously at Sotheby's Monaco, 30 November 1986, lot 994.