Anton Lüchtenstein (fl. 1696-1716).
This impressive secretaire is embellished with a distinctive 'Boulle' marquetry pattern of dense scrolls and foliate-edged strapwork, and is contre-partie to its twin, sold Christie's, London, 12 December 2002, lot 126. These cabinets are closely related to a celebrated pair of coin cabinets in the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich (R 388), which were supplied by the Düsseldorf cabinet-maker Anton Lüchtenstein to Elector Johann Wilhelm of the Palatine (1658-1716) in 1701. They are recorded in the Mannheifmer Residenz in 1730, and were transferred to Munich, where they are recorded in 1785 (G. Himmelheber, Kabinettschränke, Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich, 1977, pp. 62-64, nos. 66-67). Lüchtenstein's characteristic style relates to that of Alexandre-Jean Oppenordt (circa 1639-1715), and particularly to his famous parquet floor executed for the Royal Swedish coach, commissioned by Charles XI (d. 1697), which is illustrated in A. Pradère, French Furniture Makers, Paris, 1989, p. 65, fig, 11.