Jean-Baptiste Gourdin, maitre in 1748.
These fauteuils were executed by the celebrated menuisier Jean Baptiste Gourdin, son of Jean Gourdin, who was known as Gourdin Père. The latter became maître-menuisier in 1714 and was established in the rue de Cléry by the sign of 'Saint Jacques', Gourdin was patronised by the marquis de Bercy (1678-1742) and the duchesse de Mazarin whose residence on the rue de Varenne was redesigned by Nicolas Pineau circa 1737. Flourishing until 1764, Gourdin employed two stamps throughout his long career. He first used 'I.G.' served until circa 1748, when his son Jean-Baptiste (maître in 1748, using the stamp I. GOURDIN) joined his atelier under the name 'Nom de Jesus' and thereafter the stamp 'PERE GOURDIN'.