This unusual screen in choice mahogany veneers with well cast gilt-bronze mounts is very much in the Empire manner and emulates with its choice of mounts the work of one of the most important bronziers
of the Empire period -Jacob-Desmalter. Some of the furniture from the Second Empire period bore mounts which were exceedingly well cast and this screen obviously takes its inspiration from Empire prototypes. It is worthwhile considering a pair of console tables stamped Jacob D.R. Meslee, with identically cast griffins on the frieze delivered by Jacob-Desmalter et Cie, one for the salon of Prince Joseph and the other for the salon of Prince Louis at the Palace of Fontainebleau illustrated in Fontainebleau, Meubles entrés sous le Premier Empire, Musée National du Château, Catalogue des Collections de Mobilier 3
. p. 27, (F3817).
Also see Denise Ledoux-Lebard, Inventaire Général du Versailles et des Trianons, Tome I, Le Grand Trianon, Meubles et objets d'art, 1975, Paris, pp. 21 and 107, where on p. 20, a console table by Thomire and Duterme with mounts on the frieze depicting winged lions flanking a fountain on the frieze conceived in a similar vein to those on this screen is illustrated. Also see op. cit., p. l07, for a cabinet made for Napoleon with neo-classical female trumpeters of similar conception to those upon this cabinet.