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Empire screen mirror Psyché attributed to Jacob-Desmalter

15 000 €


Large and beautiful Empire mahogany, painted and giltwood screen mirror called Psyché attributed to Jacob-Desmalter. The triangular-shaped pediment enriched with a gilt-brass and -bronze ornamentation and with a classical vase à piédouche to each side, above a rectangular movable screen encircled by a gilt-brass frieze - à la Grecque - and flanked by two supports headed by women - en terme - wearing classical draperies, on a rectangular mahogany frame, supported by four patinated-bronze paw feet.

The furniture of a bedroom, like bedside tables, beds or here, our psyché, used not to bear any stamp. However, the high quality of execution of our psyché, as its resemblance with the one coming from the Marquessa of Villefranche's former collection, allow us to almost certainly attribute it to François-Honoré-Georges Jacob. The latter, after his brother's death (Georges II) in 1803, associated with his father, Georges Jacob, under the name of Jacob-Desmalter (1803-1813). An engraving, from the Mesangère's book of 1807, even allows us to precisely date our psyché between 1807 and 1810. The Psyché, complementary to the Table de toilette, appeared just before the Empire period and had known many and varied designations : Ecran de toilette (toilette screen), Ecran à glace (mirror screen), Miroir à la psyché (psyché mirror), Miroir de toilette (toilette mirror), Miroir à écran (screen mirror) and Psyché.


  • Time:19th century
  • Origin:France
  • Material or technique:Mahogany
  • Sizes:108 x 203 x 65 cm (Width x Height x Depth)
  • Reference:2737

Conservation status

Really good condition


Les Ébénistes du XIXe siècle, Denise Ledoux-Lebard, Les Éditions de l'Amateur, Paris - 1984. François-Honoré-Georges Jacob-Desmalter, ébéniste de Napoléon Ier et de Louis XVIII, Hector Lefuel, Éditions Albert Morancé, Paris - 1925. Georges Jacob et son temps, Michel Beurdeley, Éditions Monelle Hayot - 2002. Mobilier Français Consulat et Empire, Jean-Pierre Samoyault, Éditions Gourcuff Gradenigo, Paris - 2009. Joséphine, Catalogue de l'Exposition du Musée du Luxembourg du 12 mars au 29 juin 2014. Le Mobilier Français du XIXe siècle, Denise Ledoux-Lebard, Les Editions de l'Amateur, Paris - 1989. Le Mobilier du Musée Carnavalet, Anne Forray-Carlier, Éditions Faton, Dijon - 2000. La Galerie de meubles du château de Fontainebleau, Yves Carlier & Nicolas Personne, Somogy éditions, Paris - 2009. Empire Furniture, Serge Grandjean, Éditions Faber, Londres - 1966.

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