A very fine Louis XVI giltwood console d'applique stamped G. Jacob fourth quarter 18th century
The grey veined marble top with stepped edge above enroulement des feuilles carved frieze supported on chandelle fluted tapering legs headed with brackets of volute banded flowerheads issuing pierced carved oaken clusters joined by a stretcher centering a pineapple finial ending in toupie feet, stamped G. JACOB underneath the front rail.. height 33in (84cm); width 42in (107cm); depth 18in (46cm)
Provenance: Christie's, Monaco, The Karl Lagerfeld Collection, April 29, 2000, lot 8 Sotheby's, Monaco, Bel ameublement : collection Gutzwiller et divers amateurs, July 1, 1995, lot 31
GEORGES JACOB Georges Jacob (1739-1813) is considered one of the greatest menuisiers of the Louis XVI and Directoire periods who counted Marie-Antoinette and members of the Royal court among his clients and founded, with his sons, a cabinetmaking dynasty that flourished well into the first half of the nineteenth century. Jacob was known for his outstanding craftsmanship, of which the offered console is a very fine example, particularly seen here on the precise and delicately carved enroulement des feuilles on the frieze.
MONSIEUR, COMTE DE PROVENCE In 1785 Georges Jacob delivered several similar tables for Monsieur, the comte de Provence, brother of Louis XVI and later Louis XVIII. These were ordered by the Garde Meuble. An inventory description of one of the tables, although of different dimensions, corresponds to the offered table. It was made of walnut carved with perles, volute scrolled and the sides of the carved with pierced entwining oak leaves and the stretcher carved identically and centering a pine cone, overall gilded and with a white marble top.
The comte de Provence was one of Georges Jacob's most dedicated clients. The whereabouts of the console tables in the Garde Meuble inventory are not known.
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