The Museum has two armchairs (fauteuils à la reine) and two side chairs (chaises courantes) that were made about 1780 by Jacob; one of the armchairs is shown here. The carved and gilded frames reveal the finesse of the woodcarver's technique. The pieces are upholstered in white silk satin embroidered with colored silks; the design is in the style of Philippe de la Salle, the most prominent designer of woven silk fabrics of the period.
Signature: [on underside of back seat rail, impressed]: G + IACOB
Louis-Jean-Marie de Bourbon, duc de Penthièvre , Hôtel de Toulouse, Paris (ca. 1780–93) ; Louise-Marie-Adélaïde de Bourbon-Penthièvre, duchesse d'Orléans (1793–97) ; probably Gabriel-Julien Ouvrard , Paris (1793) ; Louis Philippe Joseph, duc d'Orléans (1814–43) ; Marie-Clémentine-Caroline-Léopoldine-Clothilde d'Orléans, Princess of Saxe Coburg and Gotha (1843–1907) ; The Samuel H. Kress Foundation (until 1958; to MMA)
Artist: Georges Jacob (French, 1739–1814)Date: ca. 1782–83Medium: Carved, painted and gilded walnut, pine, and linden; iron hardware; silk and wool Beauvais tapestry; modern silk damaskAccession: 23.235aOn view in:Gallery 523