Suite of eight lyre back chairs
by Georges JACOB (1739-1814)
Dimensions: H. 86 x W. 46 x D. 45 cm
Louis XVI period
Suite of eight beautiful dining room chairs, made of beech wood, carved and creamy white lacquered. The round and tapered legs are finely fluted and roughened at the front. The quality of execution of this refined model confirms the prestigious signature of Georges Jacob. The lyre carved inside the backrest was one of the most appreciated ornaments by the wealthy patrons of that time. Madame de Pompadour and the Comtesse du Barry, from the end of the Louis XV period, made these ornaments "à la grecque" the fashionable decoration.
These chairs are neoclassical, circa 1780, and keep a round seat called "horseshoe". This shape, much more comfortable than the usual Louis XVI square seat, obviously required a specific work, like the sculpture of the lyre. Even if we do not know the exact provenance of these chairs, the choice of the carpenter and the model establish that the clients had very important incomes.
Georges Jacob is undoubtedly the most illustrious chair carpenter of the second half of the 18th century in France. He realized orders for the Garde-meuble royal by restoring among others Boulle furniture acquired under Louis XIV. He was very quickly inspired by English taste and invented the lyre backrest. Marie-Antoinette succumbed to the originality of his work. One of her most prestigious orders was a series of torches and quivers for the Queen's boudoir in Versailles. He also worked for the Countess of Provence, the Prince de Condé for Chantilly and the Palais Bourbon, and for the Swedish monarchy. His propensity for Greek taste, followed by illustrious painters such as Louis David, will be at the origin of the Empire style that will follow.
Some exceptional elements:
- In the belt as well as on the back frames, one must observe the molding which is infinitely richer than on classic Louis XVI seats.
- In the backrests, the edge of the frames is also molded which constitutes an additional level of refinement.
- The rosettes that adorn the connecting dice are extremely prominent. Under the dice, a half-round ring caps the start of the flutes.
- The end of the foot, higher than on current models, give elegance and height.
These chairs have undergone a complete restoration of very high quality, by a carpenter in seats, a lacquerer and an upholsterer, all three great workers of France: Stripped then dismantled, the chairs were reassembled and restored in rabbets to allow a solid relining. The original lacquer was cleaned, the lacks were reworked and patinated invisibly. The flat band upholstery respects the volumes of the seats. The fabric is from Rubelli, the trimmings are made to measure.
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