Pair of flat-backed Bergères, "A la Reine" by Georges Jacob, master in 1765
Louis XVI period
Dimensions: H. 92 x W. 72 x D. 62 cm
In the 18th century, the "BERGERE" is the seat of comfort par excellence. Rarer than armchairs, "Bergères" were often ordered individually. The sets of Bergères of a prestigious model and executed by a great master carpenter were reserved for the aristocracy and a few rich clients.
For the Louis XVI period, it is necessary to distinguish the "bergères" of our model, with a square and flat back , from the other much more common models such as the "gondole", "cabriolet", "à oreille" or "gendarme hat" bergères. This distinction, based on the search for a refined and elegant aesthetic, allows us to understand the relationship between supply and demand. This model, produced in small numbers, has been the one sought after by the most demanding international clientele for 50 years. Between a Louis XVI bergère with ear, unsigned or signed by a common carpenter, and a pair of bergères "à la Reine" stamped by one of the greatest carpenters of the end of the 18th century, the price ratio is more than ten, or even more.
This pair of Bergères is made of moulded beech wood, lacquered creamy white, and bears the stamp of Georges Jacob, who was received master in 1765. The latter is indisputably the most famous master carpenter of the Louis XVI period. His production is present in all the most important international collections and is exhibited in emblematic museums around the world. The authenticity of this prestigious signature must be verified by a certified expert who will check the care taken in the design of the model, the choice of wood, the quality of the carving and the assembly, and finally the balance of proportions.
A few details that make the difference:
These bergeres rest on perfectly proportioned feet: they are tapered, finely fluted and roughened. The feet are made of a ball slightly crushed and enhanced by a ring. Above, the thimble for connecting the belts is decorated with beautiful rosettes; it supports the armrest console itself decorated with elegantly positioned flutes and candles.
The arched armrests are set high up on the backrests, without detracting from comfort. This technical difficulty has been implemented to bring additional elegance to the model.
The head of the armrest is short, and the winding is very round and deep. The grooves on the armrests have been sculpted to form a central prominence called the "nerve".
The condition of these seats is beyond reproach. The barrels are original in their entirety. The woods are sound, and the lacquer is original except for some restorations of use and maintenance. The very beautiful silk from Lyon was installed in the 1960s and we have chosen not to redo it. It is in good condition considering its age, but shows wear and tear, especially on the armrests as visible on the photo.
3 800 €