Armchair (part of a set)
Georges Jacob French
Part of a larger set of seat furniture, these elegant armchairs with a concave back, are so-called fauteuils en cabriolet. Their frames are stamped on the underside I-B, which is believed to be an alternate mark for Georges Jacob (master 1765–1814), one of the most successful chair makers of eighteenth-century France, who supplied beds and seat furniture to the crown.
Epitomizing neoclassicism, the chairs have tapering and spirally fluted legs, and frames carved with rosettes, acanthus leaves, and twisted rope ornament. The unusual scrolled top rail of the back makes a reference to the capital of the Ionic order, one of the three canonic orders of classical architecture.
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