Of German origin, François Reizell (maître in 1764) started his career in the quartier des ébénistes before leaving the Faubourg Saint Antoine for the rue des Saintes-Pères. Interestingly, the young ébéniste Joseph Baumhauer, dit Joseph (d. 1772) - later to become one of the foremost ébénistes of the Louis XV period - is recorded as having worked in Reizell's atelier. The latter's atelier counted amongst his famed patrons, Louis Joseph de Bourbon-Condé, Prince de Condé (1736-1818) for whom Reizell produced a large number of pieces for the Palais-Bourbon and the château de Chantilly.
With its slender cabriole legs and finely-chased foliate mounts, this elegant table en chiffonnière can be related to the table en chiffonnière illustrated in the 1756 portrait of Madame de Pompadour by François Boucher. Examples of such tables en chiffonnières include two tables in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (F.J.B. Watson, The Wrightsman Collection, New York, 1966, vol. 1, cat. nos. 125 and 126) and another sold from the Alexander Collection, Christie's, New York, 30 April 1999, lot 102 ($420,500). A closely related table en chiffonnière was sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 6 July 2007, lot 27 (£42,500 including premium).