With its graceful lines, finely-chased mounts and high quality lacquer panels, this elegant bureau exemplifies the oeuvre of Jacques Dubois (1694-1764), maître in 1742. It can be confidently attributed to the celebrated ébéniste on the basis of several closely related examples, stamped by Dubois, featuring the same distinctive serpentine shape, ogee-scrolled profile and broken curved line to the apron, as on the present lot. A number of bureaux of similar form by Jacques Dubois are recorded, often employing sumptuous panels of Japanese lacquer as on this example, notably one from the château de Breteuil, sold Sotheby's, Monaco, 14 June 1982, lot 480; one stamped with the crowned 'C', illustrated in A. Pradère, les Ebénistes Français de Louis XIV à la Révolution, Paris, 1989, p. 170; and one formerly in the collection of Djahanguir Riahi, sold Christie's, New York, 2 November 2000, lot 51 ($210,000 exc. premium).
Also recurrent in Dubois' oeuvre is the use of vernis martin sur fond aventurine, a technique employed to simulate the Japanese nashiji lacquer and extensively used to the reverse and interior of the present bureau. Dubois' innovative use of vernis martin sur fond aventurine is further discussed by T. Wolvesperges in Le Meuble Francais en Laque au XVIIIème siècle, Paris, 1999, pp. 288-294.
See lot 72 for further information on this lot.