This canapé adopts the curved backrest with double scrolling and flower cascades and the canapé’s crook armrests of the famous set delivered by Georges Jacob in 1785 and 1786 for the Balbi Pavilion. Built for Anne de Caumont La Force (1758-1842), Comte de Provence’s favorite and Comte de Balbi’s wife, by Jean-François-Thérèse Chalgrin in the Palace of Versailles park near the Lake of the Swiss Guards, this pavilion was furnished after designs by Jean-Demosthène Dugourc. This furniture set included two canapés, two benches, two bergère armchairs, six armchairs, two voyeuses armchairs, twelve chairs, one foot stool and one folding screen, all carved by Jacob's workshops. Some are now kept at Versailles, including one of the canapés (inv. VMB 14858).
We find in Georges Jacob’s production several similar canapés, notably one that was part of Jacques Doucet’s collection, George Petit Gallery, 7-8 June, 1912, lot 292 and one auctioned by Arcole at Drouot, 19 April 1989, lot 252.
In 1903, the American millionaire William K. Vanderbilt (1849-1920) married Anne Harriman (1861-1940), becoming her third and last husband. The couple lived either in New York, in Paris and at Carrières-sous-Poissy near Paris where he had built a castle dedicated to their horse racing passion. Anne Harriman had, from her second marriage to Lewis Morris Rutherfurd, a daughter named Margaret Rutherfurd (1891-1976). Among the six consecutive spouses of the latter, including Prince Charles Murat (1892-1973), whom she married twice, the first time in Paris on 8 July 1929, then again in 1945 and never left him.
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