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Magnificent gondola chair in gilded wood and carved with flowers, lotuses, water leaves and palmettes from the Empire period, stamped JACOB D. RUE MESLEE (association between Georges Jacob and his son François Honoré, known as Jacob Desmalter, between 1803 and 1813).

Characteristic form of the return to the Etruscan, very popular under the first Empire: the saber legs, the continuous rounded line of the backrest ending in a volute at the perfect edge of the belt.
The edges of the folder  have a rectangular profile, creating a flat top face.
We find the same design of chairs  in several models referenced in "French Consulate and Empire furniture" by Jean-Pierre Samoyault. 

- in the boudoir of the sovereign prince's apartment in Compiègne, commission delivered by Jacob Desmalter in 1807.

- the gondola chairs in gilded wood in the Empress's bathroom at Fontainebleau. Delivered by Jacob Desmalter in 1808.

-the chairs in the bedroom of King Louis in Amsterdam, delivered by Jacob Desmalter in 1806.

Very good state of conservation, a few times to the gilding. Perfect stability. 
Green silk trim with pattern  Imperial fleurons. 

Empire period, circa 1805.



JACOB DESMALTER, superb chair stamped from the Empire period.


    Height 32.5 inches
    Width 20 inches
    Depth 20,6 inches


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