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Georges Jacob Furniture

French, 1739-1814

Georges Jacob became one of the finest Parisian maîtres ebénistes (master cabinetmakers) of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, despite his humble beginnings and lack of formal training. Renowned throughout Europe for his opulent Louis XVI designs and grand gilt work, Jacob attracted royals, nobiles and other wealthy clientele.

Jacob was born in 1739 to a peasant family in Cheny, Burgundy. At 16, he moved to Paris to become an apprentice to chairmaker Jean-Baptiste Lerouge. While working for Lerouge, Jacob met Louis Delanois, a young menuisier (carpenter) who specialized in seating. Delanois’s distinct Rococo style and neoclassical taste influenced Jacob, whose own talents for design led him to become a maître ebéniste, in 1765.

In 1767, Jacob opened his first furniture-making business, employing several gilders, carvers and joiners to handcraft his designs. His atelier ornately decorated beds, armchairs, benches, screens and center tables with giltwood motifs such as fluting, beading, ribbons and guilloches. Word spread of Jacob’s exceptional furniture among the European elite, capturing the attention of Queen Marie Antoinette, Sweden’s King Gustav III, the United Kingdom’s King George IV and several German princes.

However, in 1789, Jacob lost several of his aristocratic clients at the onset of the French Revolution. Despite his associations with French royalty and nobility, Jacob survived the revolution with the help of his friend, Republican painter Jacques-Louis David. 

In 1796, Jacob retired and left his business to his two sons, Georges and François-Honoré-Georges Jacob-Desmalter, also known as Jacob Frères. Under the ownership of his sons, the workshop became a furniture supplier to Emperor Napoleon. 

Jacob’s pieces are held in the collections of several international museums and collections, including the Chateau de Chantilly and Chateau de Fontainebleau; the Louvre and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, in Paris; the Wallace Collection, in London; the Museum of Fine Arts Boston; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York.

On 1stDibs, find a selection of antique Georges Jacob seating, tables, case pieces and storage cabinets.

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Creator: Georges Jacob
Pair of Louis XVI Carved Mahogany Fauteuils by George Jacob
By Georges Jacob
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of Louis XVI style hand-carved mahogany fauteuils by George Jacob, a distinguished designer under the reign of Napoleon I. Newly reupholstered in a creamy gold-toned fabric, the...
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1780s French Louis XVI Antique Georges Jacob Furniture

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Upholstery, Wood

18th Century French Bedroom Bench by George Jacob
By Georges Jacob
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A fine French late 18th century Klismos bench, of great colour and desirable generous proportions. Stamped G.Jacob. France, circa 1795. Why we like it A handsome, timeless desig...
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Late 18th Century French Directoire Antique Georges Jacob Furniture

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Upholstery, Wood

French 18th Century Louis XVI Painted Wood Armchair by George Jacob
By Georges Jacob
Located in Berlin, DE
French 18th century Louis XVI painted wood armchair by George Jacob (1739-1814) A Louis XVI period armchair or fauteuil "en cabriolet' made ca. 1775-1779 showing the stamp of Georges Jacob (1739-1814). The carved paintwood fauteuil with round and slightly curved padded back and seat within a moulded French Grey paintwood frame showing a beautiful original patina, on fluted tapering legs. The armrests with scroll ends and partial upholstery. The armchair or fauteuil upholstered in the French tradition with an elegant linen fabric copying a Louis XVI silk jacquard with a traditional colorful ribbon&flower ornament on a vivid blue ground. Georges Jacob was one of the most prominent Parisian chair...
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1770s French Louis XVI Antique Georges Jacob Furniture

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Antique 18th Century French Bedroom Bench or Window Seat by George Jacob
By Georges Jacob
Located in Richmond, London
A fine French late 18th century bench / window seat or banquette, of great colour and desirable generous proportions. Stamped G.Jacob. France, circa 1795. Why we like it A handsome, timeless design. With its curved sabre legs at either end, this bench relates to the ancient Greek 'Klismos' seats, often seen depicted on Attic pottery...
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Georges Jacob furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Georges Jacob furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Georges Jacob furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Georges Jacob were created in the Louis XVI style in france during the 18th century and earlier. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by and Maurice Hirsch. Prices for Georges Jacob furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $5,500 and can go as high as $18,694, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $9,500.

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