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Fire screen (écran)

Georges Jacob (1739–1814, master 1765)

Maker:
Fabric panel in the style of Philippe de Lasalle (1723–1804)
Date:
ca. 1786
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Carved, gilded and silvered beech; 18th-century silk brocade (not original to frame)
Dimensions:
H. 42 x W. 26-3/4 x D. 16-1/4 in. (106.7 x 67.9 x 41.3 cm)
Classification:
Woodwork-Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1971
Accession Number:
1971.206.16
  • Description

    Supplied with a set of seat furniture by Georges Jacob (1739–1814) for Marie-Antoinette’s boudoir at the château de Fontainebleau. The silvered highlights, such as the pearl motifs and wisps of ivy strung around the two uprights of the gilded frame, reflected the decor of the small room, which featured large mirrors and gold- and silver-colored paneling with delicate arabesques and flowers by the Rousseau brothers.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: Stamped beneath the lower rail in the center: G. IACOB

    Marking: Stamped beneath the lower rail, twice to the left and once to the right of maker's stamp: CHATEAU/ DE ST CLOUD [large];
    Stamped beneath the lower rail, once to the right of maker's stamp: CHATEAU/ DE ST CLOUD [small] (Marks of the Château de Saint-Cloud used during the nineteenth century)

  • Provenance

    Marie Antoinette, Queen of France , Palais de Fontainebleau and Château de Saint-Cloud , Seine-et-Oise, France; Paul Dutasta (until 1926; sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, June 3–4, 1926, lot 113); Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman (until 1971; to MMA)

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