Set of Six Directoire Mahogany Dining Chairs Attributed to Georges Jacob


A set of six period Directoire dining chairs carved in Honduras mahogany. Identical chairs are shown in the reference book “Ebenists of the 18th century “. While unstamped, this set comes with written documentation and attribution to George Jacob by a leading antique dealer in Paris from where they were purchased.

Georges Jacob (6 July 1739 – 5 July 1814) the most prominent furniture maker in 18th century Paris. He produced carved, painted and gilded beds and seat furniture and upholstery work for the French royal châteaux, in the Neoclassical style that is associated with Louis XVI furniture. In his workshop he employed numerous specialist carvers and gilders. In 1785, Jacob produced the first mahogany chairs à l’anglaise, for the Comte de Provence similar in many ways to the ones on offer here.

When he retired in 1796, Georges Jacob left his workshop in the hands of his two sons, one of whom was François-Honoré-Georges Jacob-Desmalter who went on to become a leading French Empire Furniture maker in the early 19 Century supplying Napoleon with most of the furniture in his residences.

Dimensions: 18″D x 18.5″W x 43″H

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