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G. Jacob

Woodcarver
(1739-1814)
After

A Fine Pair of Marquise seats

France
Circa 1880
Carved walnut
Height: 86 cm (33,8 in.); Width: 82 cm (32,2 in.); Depth: 50 cm (19,6 in.)

Very fine pair of Transition style cane marquise chairs, made of moulded and finely carved walnut wood with spokes-of-heart, scrolls and acanthus leaves motifs.
The slightly curved back, the “coup de fouet” shaped armrests and the carved laurel leafs frieze rests on four volute legs. Covered by a polychrome silk of crimson flowers and ribbons on a beige background.

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After a G. Jacob du Château de Fontainebleau model. Source : Le siège Français, M. Jarry – P. Duvinoy, Ed. Office du Livre, 1973, p 174-175.

Biography

After he became a master in 1765, Georges Jacob (1739-1814) worked from 1773 to the French Revolution for the Garde-Meuble de la Couronne. His clientèle included Louis XVI and Queen Marie-Antoinette, the royal family, and in particular the comte de Provence (future Louis XVIII), the comte d’Artois (future Charles X), the prince de Condé, the duc de Penthièvre and foreign courts. In 1785, he created the first mahogany chairs ‘à l’anglaise’ for the comte de Provence. He launched the Etruscan style when delivering a set of sculpted mahogany for the dairy of the Rambouillet Castle in 1788. He also took part in the furnishing of the Petit Trianon in Versailles. Thanks to the painter David, Georges Jacob went through the revolutionary period without particular problems. He retired in 1796, and his sons succeeded him, but came back soon after to help his sons delivering the furniture for the imperial residences.

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