This piece of furniture was invented at the very end of the 18th century under the Consulate and developed under the Empire. The cost of large mirrors having fallen considerably leads to an ever increasing demand from women of this time.
This piece of furniture becomes essential in the furnishing of a room, it allows the elegant women of the time to adjust their toilets to perfection. Joséphine will have a cheval glass at the Tuileries and at La Malmaison.
The name given to this new piece of furniture comes from a princess from Greek mythology whose beauty made Aphrodite jealous. Lover of the god Eros, and after undergoing a series of trials at the hands of Aphrodite, she was elevated to the rank of goddess and gained immortality.
The revolving mirror surrounded by a mahogany frame is supported by two uprights decorated with busts of women draped in gilded bronze, followed by a bronze representing swans on an entablature ending in a palmette, and a flaming brand. It rests on two semicircular legs and the triangular pediment which caps the whole is decorated in its middle with a laurel wreath crossed by an arch.
The stamp can be dated between 1803 and 1813, effect from 1796 to 1803, the two sons of Georges Jacob: Georges II and François-Honoré-Georges are associated under the name of Jacob Frères rue Meslée, on the death of Georges II in 1803 François-Honoré-Georges joined forces with his father Georges Jacob until 1813, a year before his death.
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