An imposing Charles X console in the style of F.H.G. Jacob Desmalter, Paris, circa 1820
The rectangular, hardwood corpus veneered in choice amboina. The side walls impressively carved in the shape of crouching, winged lions with poliment gilding. The straight frame with the lion supports between double pilasters on a tapered pedestal. Fine, ornate fittings in fire gilt bronze. A Carrara marble slab on the top. Dimensions 206 x 51 x 89 cm.
A similar console, made by F.H.G. Jacob-Desmalter for the Deuxième Salon de l'Impératrice in the Palais des Tuileries, is illustrated in D. Ledoux-Lebard, Le mobilier français du XIXe siècle, Paris 1989.
F.H.G. (François Honoré Georges) Jacob-Desmalter (*1770 in Paris; † 1841 in Paris) was the second son of the cabinetmaker and master craftsman Georges Jacob, learning his craft from scratch in his father's workshop. After his brother's death, he took over the atelier with his father; from 1796 to 1825, he presided over probably the most influential Paris furniture workshop, Jacob-Desmalter et Cie. During this time, his most renowned clientele included Joséphine de Beauharnais, Pauline Bonaparte, Marie-Louise of Austria and many more. Moreover, the company was commissioned to design and produce furniture for several of Napoleon Bonaparte's palaces.
Provenance: Tajan auction house, Paris, 27 March 2002 (catalogue no. 131), thereafter in a private collection, Monaco, Koller Auktionen, 22 September 2016, from a noble Belgian estate
Condition: II -
Showing traces of age and use. The gilding knocked and slightly abraded. The top also knocked and restored in one corner. An impressive piece of furniture with a beautiful patina.