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Jacob Desmalter et Cie
Good, some repairs and replacements
Mahogany, Marble, Oak
French Empire oak lined two door mahogany commode with brass mounts and marble top by Jacob Desmalter et Cie
Interior reveals 3 linen slides “Tiroir à l’anglaise”
Stamped to the top under the marble
France circa 1810 (some mouldings replaced to the plinth)
Jacob Desmalter et Cie is the association of Father Jacob and his son François-Honoré, who had added to his surname the name of “desmalter”. This association was formed upon the death of George II Jacob. Since then, his works have carried another inscription arranged like the previous one on two lines.
Georges Jacob’s traditions were continued by his sons Georges and François-Honoré united under the name of “Jacob Frères”, then upon the death of the eldest of the Jacob brothers on the 30th vendémiaire year XII (October 23, 1803), François-Honoré formed a new association with his father, under the name of “Jacob Desmal There were no less than fifteen workshops, including seven for carpentry, woodworking and turning, three for sculpture, painting and gilding on wood, three others for bronze work, one for tapestry and the last for mechanical locksmithing. The father was always there active and wise, watching over everything. Much was made, “rich” was made, but the exquisite lines of “Jacob” of the eighteenth century had become. Nevertheless, it was at this time that Jacob, working with the painter David, created the Empire style, imitated with the ancient and who sought in the art of imperial Rome its sumptuous, majestic and hard lines.
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