Jean Caumont (1736-1800), maître in 1774.
Caumont was based in the rue Traversière. His documented oeuvre is considerable and eclectic, mainly executed in the Transition and Louis XVI fashion, and embellished with marquetry scenes of musical trophies and flower-vases or with carefully chosen mahogany veneers with contrasting ormolu mounts. The comte de Salverte describes this ébéniste extensively and mentions a Louis XVI giltwood console table stamped by Caumont in the Mobilier National and a secrétaire-à-abattant in the collection of Madame Demachy at the château d'Ognon (Comte de Salverte, Les ébénistes du XVIIIè Siècle, Paris, 1953, p. 52.)
Caumont played an active role in the revolution and was elected juge de paix. He handed the leadership of his atelier over to his son in 1795 and was thereafter mainly engaged in politics (P. Kjellberg, Le Mobilier Français du XVIIIè Siècle, Paris, 1989, p. 169).
A closely related demi-lune commode by Caumont was sold, Mercier Velliet, Thullier, 24 April 1988, while a further commode by the ébéniste was sold at Christie's, London, 13 December 2001, lot 464 (£18,800 with premium).