This pair of jardinières is based on a design for wine coolers by Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier. Though extant models are unknown, Meissonnier's engraving, dated 1723, lists the name of the patron for whom they were designed, Mr. le Duc (formally Louis-Henri de Bourbon, Prince of Condé, 1692-1740). The engraving, a source of inspiration for manufacturers through the nineteenth century, is now in the collection of the Museum of Decorative Arts, Paris, and is illustrated in Peter Fuhring, Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier, Un Génie du Rococo, 1695-1750, 1999, vol. II, illus. p. 167, fig. G61 and p. 343, fig. 61.
Boin-Taburet, maker of the present examples, exhibited this model in the Paris Exposition of 1889 (Peter Fuhring, Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier, Un Génie du Rococo, 1695-1750, 1999, vol. II, illus. p. 344, fig. 61b). Another pair by Boin-Taburet, sold Sotheby's, Monaco, 3 December 1988, lot 1037.