A fine pair of French Empire Revival mahogany & ormolu library chairs. Each constructed using the finest mahogany and with a padded upholstered back having finely cast ormolu mounts. The open arms supported by wonderful bronze Egyptian winged sphinx. Having generous sprung seats, the whole raised on superb mahogany and bronze lions monopode front supports with sabre rear supports. 2nd Empire in the style and manner of Georges Jacob C1768-1803 but made circa 1860-1880
Condition: This pair of chairs are in excellent original condition, cleaned and waxed. The fabric has slightly faded but is in good usable clean condition.
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Georges Jacob (1768-1803) worked very early with his father and his brother François from which would take over the business in 1796 . François-Honoré-Georges (1770-1841) added the Desmalter patronym to his name. In 1803 with the death of his brother George II Jacob, a new company name was created which was called Jacob Desmalter & Co.
During the second ( 2nd ) French Empire Napoleon III requested many designs and 'Styles ' be recreated. The designs from the first French Empire such as original period furniture by master cabinet makers like Jacob were copied and reproduced.