Living room furniture lined with green silk with alternating bands decorated with rosettes comprising:
- a pair of armchairs with slightly reversed backrest in gilded wood, molded and carved with palmettes, florets, rosettes, acanthus leaves. The volute armrests, the slightly curved waistband. They are based on baluster front legs and arched rear legs. They carry an old label with the inscription in ink; "Palais Royal / large apartment / for supplement / in the large living room" and the iron mark "55. 19093" as well as the mark of the Garde-Meuble of Louis-Philippe, Duke of Orleans "LP" under the crown of Prince of the Blood .
Attributed to Jacob-Desmalter, circa 1815.
H. 97.5 x L. 66 x D. 57 cm.
- a suite of four chairs with slightly reversed backrest in molded gilded wood and carved with rosettes, palmettes, lotus leaves. The slightly curved waistband. They are based on baluster front legs and arched rear legs. They bear the iron inventory number "228" (and not 833 as indicated in the Tajan catalog) corresponding to the Royal Palace, the trademark of Louis-Philippe, Duke of Orléans "LP" under the crown of Prince du Sang, as well as the Château de Neuilly "LP / N" marks under a closed crown with the numbers 19100, 19108, 19109.
Attributed to François Honoré Georges JACOB-DESMALTER, circa 1815.
H. 92 x L. 51.5 x D. 46 cm.
- Furniture of the Royal Palace under the Restauration.
- Transferred to the palace of Neuilly under the July Monarchy.
- Sale of Tajan auctioneers, Paris, June 22, 1999, Paris, lot 52.
In an inventory of the domain of Neuilly from 1849, to order n ° 342, we find the description under n ° 19108: "a gilded wood chair, carved with palm leaves, covered in crimson damask. Good condition. 40,000 frs" corresponding to one of our four chairs (Arch. Nat., 300 AP (I) 511).
In another inventory of the castle of Neuilly (1835-1848) dated 1839, in the section Armchairs - Golden wood - under n ° 19093, there is mentioned a "Armchair Château de Villiers" (Arch. Nat., 300 AP (I) 1661-1662 folio 57), as well as in the Chaises Garnies section, dated 1845, under n ° 19109: a "chair ... château de Villiers" (Arch. Nat., 300 AP ( I) 1661-1662 folio 94).
The Château de Neuilly, which belonged to the Marquis de Nointel in 1648, was rebuilt in 1751 by the architect Cartaud for the Chancellor of Argenson. After her death, the castle passed to Madame de Montesson, morganatic wife of Louis-Philippe dit le Gros, Duke of Orleans (1725-1785), grandfather of the future King Louis-Philippe.
In 1804, Murat, already owner of the castle of Villiers, bought the neighboring castle of Neuilly and brought them together. Murat becomes king of Naples and the castle returns to the Crown. Napoleon gives Neuilly to his sister Pauline, who refuses to live there. In 1814, Louis XVIII offered the castle to his nephew, the Duke of Angoulême, to turn it into a stud farm, without follow-up. In 1817, the two castles were exchanged by Louis-Philippe, then Duke of Orleans, for the stables of Chartres which belonged to him and where, since 1801, the horses of the Crown had been housed. He enlarged the estate and had several constructions carried out to house his many children and his sister Adelaide.
The Orleans family greatly appreciated this residence at the gates of Paris and spent long stays there during the reign of Louis-Philippe. On February 25, 1848, the castle was set on fire and looted by a gang rioters. The castle of Neuilly will be confiscated by Napoleon III in 1852 and the park was divided into 700 lots. All that remains is the north wing built by the architect Fontaine for Murat, inhabited by Madame Adelaide under the July Monarchy. She is busy today by the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Thomas de Villeneuve. Under Louis-Philippe, each wing or pavilion was devolved to one of his children, the Villiers pavilion was inhabited by his son, the Duke of Aumale, then, after his marriage, by the couple.
A console from the Château de Neuilly, numbered 19183 and bearing the .IACOB stamp (used by François Honoré Georges Jacob-Desmalter from 1813 to 1825), was sold at Collin du Bocage, June 23, 2017, lot 124.
Jean-Pierre Samoyault, French furniture Consulat et Empire, Gourcuff Gradenigo, 2012, fig. 269 p. 167 (illustrated).