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Important Empire period, commode attributed to Jacob Desmalter
Important Empire period, commode attributed to Jacob Desmalter  - Furniture Style Empire Important Empire period, commode attributed to Jacob Desmalter  - Important Empire period, commode attributed to Jacob Desmalter  - Empire
Ref : 92888
20 500 €
Period :
19th century
Artist :
Attribué à Jacob Desmalter
Provenance :
France Paris, Circa 1810
Medium :
Mahogany and burl mahogany veneer, Belgian granit marble
Dimensions :
l. 56.89 inch X H. 37.6 inch X P. 24.49 inch
Furniture  - Important Empire period, commode attributed to Jacob Desmalter 19th century - Important Empire period, commode attributed to Jacob Desmalter
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Important Empire period, commode attributed to Jacob Desmalter

The frieze decorated with seahorses and pegs centered with a palmette; the front opening with a large drawer at the top and at the bottom with two leaves revealing three drawers; the sheathed uprights decorated with quivers and surmounted by female figures of Egyptian inspiration; Belgian small granite marble top.

The combination of the best mahogany veneers and superior quality gilded bronzes on architectural looking furniture such as the piece we offer for sale characterizes the production of Jacob-Desmalter, renowned cabinetmaker who delivered pieces. for Napoleon.

The innovative bronze mounts are found on several pieces by the same cabinetmaker. Thus, the ornaments of palmettes and seahorses present on the frieze of our chest of drawers are found on a mechanical desk in mahogany and gilt bronze dated 1810, kept at the Château de Fontainebleau in Napoleon's bedroom (illustrated in A. Renner, op . cit., p. 150; see also JP Samoyault, op. cit., p. 215, fig. 273, for a console with identical seahorses, circa 1808-10, private collection).

A similar support cabinet which successively was part of the collections of Napoleon, Schloss Herrnsheim and Giuseppe Rossi was sold by Sotheby's on March 12, 1999 in London (Estate of the late Giuseppe Rossi, vol. III, lot 1401, £ 160,000) .

François-Honoré-Georges Jacob Desmalter (1770-1841)
Napoleon's favorite cabinetmaker, Jacob-Desmalter came from a dynasty of major cabinetmakers. Son of the famous carpenter in seats Georges Jacob, he ran the family workshop from 1796 with his brother Georges: the workshop became known under the name of Jacob Frères and remained active in rue Meslay or Meslée until 1825. Jacob-Desmalter must have observed his father working on exceptional furniture such as the chairs intended for Marie Antoinette's dairy in Rambouillet. One of Jacob-Desmalter's first orders was the decoration and furnishing of the private mansion of General Bonaparte and his wife Joséphine, rue Chantereine. The pieces that have come down to us illustrate the symbolic and patriotic character omnipresent during the Directoire period and announcing the Empire style. Jacob-Desmalter then worked for the Récamiers, a family of influential bankers. During the same period, Jacob-Desmalter carried out the decoration and furnishing of the Château de Malmaison, Joséphine's country house on the plans of Percier and Fontaine. The Jacob Frères workshop also supplied Bonaparte's apartments at the Tuileries with furniture.
Some pieces were presented at the second and third Exhibitions of Products of French Industry, which took place in 1801 and 1802 in the courtyard of the Louvre. Jacob-Desmalter received a gold medal at the 1802 exhibition.
After the death of Georges in 1803, the activity of the workshop continued for nine years under the tutelage of the father. However, from that year until 1813, Jacob-Desmalter used his own stamp: JACOB.D./R. MESLEE.

It was during the Empire that Jacob-Desmalter's reputation was established and his talent fully recognized. In 1807, the workshop employed 350 artisans. In 1809, Jacob-Desmalter executed the malachite furniture for the Grand Trianon, consisting of two supporting furniture, two candelabras and a vase supported by three large chimeras, adorned with a head of Hercules and a skin lion. This vase, made from a design by Percier and Fontaine, was executed by Cartelier, already employed by Jacob-Desmalter before for Napoleon's throne at Fontainebleau. Jacob-Desmalter also worked with the best bronzers of his time: Thomire and Delafontaine. According to Grandjean, (op. Cit.), His work "is esteemed not only for the homogeneity of its style, but also for its consistent quality".

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