"Small Flat Bureau Empire Period"
Small flat rectangular desk in mahogany and speckled mahogany veneer, opening as a belt with two drawers and two side pulls. The tray is covered with golden fawn leather with small irons. The set rests on four console feet decorated with a large sculpted acanthus leaf and terminated by four claw feet joined by crotch bars and a spacer. Empire period, furniture attributed to Jacob Desmalter H: 72 - L: 107 - D: 57 cm Condition report: Very good quality of mahogany and perfect assembly work. Leather in perfect condition. Traditional buffer varnish redone. Not stamped, but a similar model bears the stamp: Jacob. D. R. Meslee Jacob-Desmalter's business is doing well, between 1803 and 1824, it has 16 workshops for 800 workers. Still a simple general, Bonaparte had already contacted the Jacob brothers to furnish the apartment he occupied with Joséphine on rue de la Victoire. Then it will be the library, the lounge and the small gallery of Malmaison. When Napoleon became Emperor, the cabinetmaker was almost exclusively entrusted with the furnishing of the various imperial palaces: Tuilerie, Saint-Cloud, Fontainebleau. It is also he who manufactures the thrones, including that of the coronation. Napoleon demanded that everything be delivered without delay and had the parts that he did not like redone, which meant having many workers. Visit our site: www.meubles-art.com