Daybed (lit de repos)

François-Honoré-Georges Jacob-Desmalter French
and Georges II Jacob French
working together as the firm Jacob Frères

Not on view

The sphinx-shaped arms suggest a date soon after Napoleon’s Egyptian campaign which is confirmed by the stamp of JACOB FRERES/R. MESLEE used by the Jacob firm only between 1795 and 1803. The daybed must have supported several Bonapartes, for it bears the inventory mark of the Château de Neuilly, where two of Napoleon’s sisters lived, first Caroline Murat and later Pauline Borghese, as well as marks for the Château de Trianon, the Palais des Tuileries, and the Château de Villeneuve l’Etang.

Daybed (lit de repos), François-Honoré-Georges Jacob-Desmalter (French, 1770–1841), Mahogany and mahogany veneered on beechwood; gilt bronze, bronze, lampas, French, Paris

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