Louis XVI gilded niche marquise 01
Fine and rare Louis XVI carved and gilded marquise with asymmetrical triangular top and concave front attributed to Georges Jacob. The backrest is curved on the inside and asymmetrically triangular on the outside back and is supported on the rear by a central upright. The crest is a laurel wreath with flanking laurel branches. The armrests, carved with piastres, terminate in scrolls topped with acanthus and rest on fluted baluster supports embellished with pearls and laurel. The incurvated front rails and the straight side rails are carved with raie de coeur moldings above a wider band of acanthus molding; they meet at a chamfered three-part corner.

The unusual chair was made to fit into a niche in a boiserie. The piece is described and illustrated on page 86 of John Whitehead’s book: The French Interior of the eighteenth Century. The chair is described by the author as probably being one of the set made by Jacob for the Comtesse de Provence at Montreuil, which was her personal pavilion in the town of Versailles; although it is more likely the chair was made for a niche in another chateau by the same maker. The very detailed description by Jacob is seemingly identical to the present marquise, except the Montreuil marquises were painted and had double rings at the crest. (See: Hector Lefuel: Georges Jacob; Éditions Morancé, Paris, 1923. Pages 246-7)

See: Les chateaux de l’Île de France, Hachette, 1963, Le Pavillon Colombe, page 132 for an example in white paint.

Height (ins.): 36 (92.7 cm.)      Length/Width (ins.): 34 (86.4 cm.)      Depth (ins.): 27.5 (69.9 cm.)
Origin: France     Period: Louis XVI