Empire Armsessel, Jacob-Desmalter zugeschrieben


An impressive Napoléonic Empire walnut armchair, attributed to ménuisier-ébéniste François-Honoré-Georges Jacob-Desmalter (1770–1841), a similar piece part of the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum (Museum number: W.2C-1987). Notably comparable the arm support and the typical circular drum that sits on the caryatid’s head. The rails and uprights are mostly of rectangular section, the back legs slightly raked, the front legs carved at the base with lions' paws. The front legs rise to form the arms supports and are carved at the top with caryatid heads which are gessoed and gilded. The front of the arms enlarging as a circular drum that sits above the caryatid’s head. The seat is upholstered and set with a separate cushion. The fabric is Prussian horsehair fabric, which combines a silky sheen, timeless simplicity, high durability and easy-maintenance. The firm of Jacob-Desmalter was the best-known supplier of luxury furniture.The firm became official suppliers to the Directorate and to the Empire, and its clients included most of the imperial marshals.


PERIOD: Empire, circa 1805
PLACE OF ORIGIN: France
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES: walnut, giltwood
CONDITION: excellent
HEIGHT: 38.98 in. (99 cm)
WIDTH:  24.8 in. (63 cm)
DEPTH:  27.17 in. (69 cm)
Price Upon Request

– Verkauft / Sold –