Lot 297

DIRECTORY EARLY CANAPEAL Attributed to Georges Jacob
In mahogany, the upside-down backrest with openwork grid pattern, the armrest supports with Egyptian head decoration, the sheathed feet at the front and sabre-shaped feet at the back, blue fabric trim; restorations to the belt, backrest and feet, one crosspiece redone
H. 86 cm (33 ¾ in.)
l. W.: 161 cm (63 ¼ in.)
A Directoire mahogany sofa, attributed to Georges Jacob
Although not stamped, this seat is characteristic of Georges Jacob's productions around 1795. It was inspired by the "Etruscan taste" in vogue at the time, as well as by the "Anglomania" that was spreading at the time. We find the elegance of the lines and the richness of the decorative sculpture, already present on the so-called "Etruscan-style" armchairs that Jacob delivered as early as 1787, for Marie-Antoinette's dairy at the château de Rambouillet (cfr. J. P. Samoyault, "Mobilier Français Consulat et Empire", Gourcuff Gradenigo, Paris, 2009, p.14, fig. 5-6).
A pair of armchairs stamped by Georges Jacob with a comparable backrest of crossbars was sold at Christie's Paris, 8 November 2005, lot 499.