Directoire, early 19th century
Pierre Kjellberg, Le mobilier Français du XVIIIe siècle, Paris, 1998, p. 436-437.
Madeleine Jarry, Le siège Français, Fribourg, 1973, p. 283, nos. 278-282.This set reflects the tradition of the late neo-classical Louis XVI sièges à dossier ajouré. The ancient form, à l'antique, initiated by Georges II Jacob in 1785 for Marie-Antoinette's laiterie at Rambouillet, established the fashion for wooden backs in "etruscan-style" rather than padded backs for chaises and fauteuils alike. The diaper and flowerhead motif quickly became synonymous with the Directoire style. These in particular show the influence of Georges' cousin Henri Jacob, whose open back and diaper motif were all the vogue in the Directoire years.
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