French Empire Period Dressing Table
French Empire Period Dressing Table
French Empire Period Dressing Table


French Empire Period Dressing Table

c. 1810 France

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

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.
French, Circa 1810
-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 XIXe 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.
Height 143.00 cm (56.30 inches)
Width 116.00 cm (45.67 inches)
Depth 61.00 cm (24.02 inches)
Stock Code
mahogany, marble, ormolu, mirror

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