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A Pair of Directoire Cream-Painted Slipper Chairs

A Pair of Directoire Cream-Painted Slipper Chairs


Status: Available

  • Late 18th Century

  • Inv Number:
  • #1103


Each with a rectangular carved paneled top rail above a pierced vertical splat and an upholstered seat, raised on front tapering circular legs and saber back legs. Provenance: The Collection of Tom and Ruth Jones, Bel Air, CA. The evolution from aerospace to winemaking may not seem like a natural one. Yet for Thomas V. Jones, former Chairman and CEO of defense giant Northrop Corporation, the transition to vineyard life at his unique Bel-Air estate called upon the same bold thinking and creativity that had secured his status as an industry legend. For nearly 30 years, Jones built Northrop into a technological innovator that changed national defense strategies around the world. During the same time, he and his wife Ruth built reputations as gracious connoisseurs of fine and decorative arts, wine, and the California landscape. Their extraordinary collection, which included a nucleus of exceptionally fine 17th-century Dutch pictures, reflects a keen eye and a level of curatorial excellence developed over more than 50 years of following their creative passion. Ruth Margaret Nagel was one of the first children of Hollywood, born in the movie colony to silent screen star Conrad Nagel and Ruth Helms Nagel. Her father played opposite such leading ladies as Greta Garbo, Gloria Swanson, Norma Shearer and Marion Davies. He was a founder of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, serving as its third president, and hosted the Academy Awards three times. Ruth attended the Westlake School for Girls and graduated from Wellesley College in 1942, majoring in English. In 1946, she married Thomas Victor Jones and they remained married for more than 50 years until her death in 2013. She was a founding member of the Blue Ribbon, a group that supports The Music Center of Los Angeles and was a member of The Colleagues, a Santa Monica-based charity that supports care for abused and neglected children. She remained an ardent champion of Wellesley College and provided funding for the Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre - a showcase for student productions.

30in. high (seat height, 14in.), 17in. wide and 15in. deep.