Jean-Jacques Pafrat, maître in 1785.
Pafrat's oeuvre championed neoclassical form and severity, always employing mahogany veneer punctuated by clean-lined ormolu mounts paired with fluted column supports, embracing the prevalent architectural style. A commode by Pafrat, seized from the duc d'Orléans at the château du Rainey during the Revolution and now at the Musée de Versailles, is illustrated in A. Pradère, Les Ébènistes Français, 1989, p. 423. A closely-related bureau à cylindre stamped by J.L. Cosson and also made from distinctive acajou moucheté (plum-pudding mahogany) was sold anonymously at Christian de Quay, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 31 March 1994, lot 102 (163,000 FF).