The black painted decoration seems to have been a speciality of Munich and as developed and perfected by Johann Georg Hiltl (1771-1845) around 1810, who exhibited his furniture at the Münchner Ausstellung in 1818 and 1819. He enjoyed considerable acclaim for his work and was described as Der berühmte Möbelfabrikant in The Journal des Luxus und der Moden of 1810. (G. Himmelheber, Die Kunst des deutschen Möbels, Vol. III, Munich, 1973, p. 49, pl. 383).