C1890 Copy of Madame Recamier’s Daybed in David’s Portrait


This is an example of life imitating art. Jacob Freres made the fabulous suite of furniture in C1798 for Madame Recamier. When she was painted by David for her famous portrait in 1800 she was sitting on the 8 legged Jacob daybed. David simplified it in the painting, giving it 4 turned legs. It is David's painted invention that is copied here, not the original daybed used during the sittings for the portrait.

The late 18th century Jacob suite of furniture, including the daybed, now resides in the Louvre. It demonstrates the stylish and simplified nature of most Directoire furniture.

Our mahogany example is 170cm long, 60 cm deep and 82 cm tall.

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