A Directoire Mahogany Armchair By Jacob Frere, after a drawing by Charles Percier

A Directoire Mahogany Armchair By Jacob Frere, after a drawing by Charles Percier

1800 France

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A Mahogany Armchair a L’antique form with outswept back and seat covered in a red chequered velvet. The X frame supports with fitted spherule to the arm terminals, with lion’s paw feet.

This finely-sculpted fauteuil supported by curule-form bases, reflects the 'antique' influence of the excavations at Pompeii and Herculeneum, as well as Napoleon's Egyptian campaigns of 1798 as popularised by Baron Vivant-Denon in his Voyage dans la Basse et la Haute Egypte published in 1802. This new vocabulary of ornament was swiftly adopted by ornamenistes such as Charles Percier and Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine, architects and designers to Napoleon I. A drawing for a virtually identical chair by Charles Percier, was intended as a model for Georges Jacob, and along with two similar fauteuils signed by Jacob, are reproduced in D. Ledoux-Lebard, Le Mobilier Français du XIXe Siècle 1795-1889, Paris, 1989, p. 283 and 331.

A set of four identical chairs were sold Christies Segoura sale, 19 October 2006.

Stamped Jacob Frere, Rue Meslée.

Georges Jacob:

Georges Jacob (1739-1814) was the most famous and also the most prolific of all the joinery workshops specialising in carved giltwood tables and chairs. Patronised by the Queen and all the other members of the Royal family but hardly ever for the King. He supplied most of the seat furniture for The Queen at the following Royal Palaces, the Trianon, Fontainebleau, Versailles, Saint-Cloud and Rambouillet.

Examples of his work can be seen in practically every Museum that has a collection of French Furniture.

Height 92.00 cm (36.22 inches)
Width 63.00 cm (24.80 inches)
Depth 61.00 cm (24.02 inches)
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