Louis XVI half-moon console with tripod base, stamped G. Jacob
Rare small half-moon console in walnut wood lacquered "Trianon gray" and gilded.
Resting on hoofs of goats, the three uprights fluted on their outer faces and decorated with acanthus leaves on the inner side are wound up.
These windings, scooped out from a row of pearls framed by two rows of finely sculpted heart lines, act as consoles supporting the belt.
The latter is also finely scoured with grooves and the same double rows of heart lines; it supports the original marble "breche d'Alep" which is surrounded by a cord molding above and below.
Very good state of conservation; original lacquer, posterior gilding. (probably fully lacquered originally)
Stamped G.JACOB on top of the rear crossmember.
Parisian work of Louis XVI period around 1775-1780 by Georges Jacob. *
Height: 86 cm; Width: 54 cm; depth: 35 cm
* Georges Jacob (1739-1814) is a carpenter received master in Paris in 1765.
He is quite simply one of the most prolific carpenters in seats of the second part of the 18th century.
Supplier to Queen Marie Antoinette, he collaborated with the greatest decorators of his time: Hubert Robert for example for the armchairs of the Rambouillet dairy but also Delafosse, Prieur or Percier and Fontaine.
It supplies the palaces of Versailles, St Cloud, Les Tuileries, Fontainebleau ...
Its period of activity is from 1765 to 1796.
Then he sold the business to his two sons who founded Jacob Frères.
He died in 1814.
Our opinion :
If many seats stamped by the grand master are known, this is not the case for consoles which were very rare, even during the artist's lifetime.
Let us recall that the jurande of cabinetmakers and carpenters strictly supervised the productions of craftsmen, a cabinetmaker who could not make seats and a carpenter who could not produce furniture, until the revolution which signed the fall of the corporations.
However the consoles which were fixed to the wall were considered as joinery in the same way as the shutters, doors, seats or bed ...
Georges Jacob mainly produced seats, an activity for which his reputation went beyond borders, but he also produced some consoles.
A set of five model consoles went on sale or the console delivered to the Princess of Conti tells us that these pieces were part of the origin of a global decoration project; Georges Jacob working under the direction of an architect for all the decoration of a home, that is to say for the woodwork, doors, consoles, seats ...
It is obvious that such projects had prestigious clients as sponsors, eager to bring their interior up to date.
As usual, the master will show a new creative genius, completely out of step with the productions of his colleagues.
Indeed it is quite surprising to find that it delivers a console with the same windings as our model to the Princess of Conti from 1776.
As a visionary, only two years after the advent of King Louis XVI he produced a console with particularly successful neo-classical architecture.
The small console that we present was to be part of a beautiful set of several consoles of different sizes distributed in the large living room of a castle.
It is also funny to note that we find the same "cord" molding on the other consoles of the master, which is atypical and specific to its production.
Like all of Georges Jacob's works, this innovative console features flowing, light lines; it perfectly reflects the creative genius of this carpenter who was one of the greatest of the 18th century.
-A carved wooden console and white rechampi commissioned from Georges Jacob in May 1776 by the Princess of Conti for the large living room of his mansion on rue Saint Dominique whose installation was due to the architect Pierre-Claude Convers (reproduced in M. Beurdeley, Jacob et son temps, Paris, 2002, p.27).
-A finely sculpted console supported by six feet, including the two front ends in windings, all joined by a spacer; stamped by Georges Jacob, it was inventoried in 1782 in one of the salons of Karlsberg Castle in Germany, then passed into the collections of the Munich Residence where it is still kept (B. Langer, Die Möbel der Residenz München, Die französischen Möbel of 18. Jahrhunderts, Prestel, Munich, 1995, p.222-223, catalog no.57).