An Antique French Empire Dressing Table  Firmly Attributed to François-Honoré-Georges Jacob-Desmalter
An Antique French Empire Dressing Table  Firmly Attributed to François-Honoré-Georges Jacob-Desmalter

Attributed to FRANCOIS HONORÉ-GEORGES JACOB-DESMALTER (1770-1841)

An Antique French Empire Dressing Table Firmly Attributed to François-Honoré-Georges Jacob-Desmalter

c. 1810 France

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Constructed using a fine Honduras mahogany with gilt highlights, Bleu Tarquin marble and richly dressed with fire gilt ormolu mounts of the highest quality. The table of lyre end support design, rising from ormolu claw feet, conjoined with a rectangular shaped platform stretcher; three lockable mahogany lined drawers are fitted in the apron; the dished rectangular marble platform having an ormolu trimmed octagonal adjustable swing mirror, supported by shaped columns, rising from triangulated bases, each column dressed with double candleholders.
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F-H-G Jacob Desmalter (1770-1841) was the second son of the venerated cabinet maker, Georges Jacob, who had supplied the French, Russian & English Royal families; he married the daughter of the celebrated bronzier Martin-Eloi Lignereux; the attendance of Messrs. Thomiere, Percier and Fontaine at their wedding in 1798 attests to the esteem with which they were held; taking the helm of the firmly established Jacob company in 1796, Jacob-Desmalter worked from enlarged premises at Rue Meslée, with a large work force, supplying the Napoleonic court, furnishing the chateaux at Compiegne, Malmaison and the Tuileries Palace inter alia; the company made the throne upon which Napoleon was invested as Emperor; in turn the business was passed to his son, Alphonse, who died in 1870.
‘Le mobilier Français di X1Xe Siecle’ by Denise Ledoux-Lebard, published Paris 1984, revised and enlarged edition published 2000; pp267-350; a dressing table of very similar form is shown on pp 346.
Dimensions
Height 143.00 cm (56.30 inches)
Width 116.00 cm (45.67 inches)
Depth 61.00 cm (24.02 inches)
Stock Code
7764
Medium
Mahogany, ormolu, marble
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