French Empire Mahogany Armchairs Attributed to Jacob Desmalter


A pair of very rare imposing French Empire style armchairs attributed to the firm of Jacob Desmalter; the front legs crisply carved as winged lions with hairy paw feet; the lion’s wings extending to the curved back rail; likely made in the second Empire period circa 1840. The chairs were recently upholstered in a documented Empire design fabric produced by the major textile house of Lelievre in Paris.The attribution to Jacob Desmalter is by reason of four almost identical chairs the were found in the Elysee Palace in Paris when it was the residence of Joachim Murat and his spouse Caroline Bonaparte, Napoleon’s younger sister in the early 19 Century. The chairs are held in the inventory of France’s Mobiler National. Photos of one of the chairs taken from a book is included in the photo gallery for reference.

 Dimensions: 31″ D x 27″ W x 37″ H
Seat Height 20″

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