Pierre Denizot, maître in 1740.
The brands on this table en cas reveal its fascinating history in the 19th century. The stencilled initials almost certainly refer to William Lowther, 2nd Earl of Lonsdale, while the separate stencil with the initials CHT refer to his London residence 14-15 Carlton House Terrace, which he had acquired in 1837. The brand EHB is that of the celebrated London-based dealer and marchand-mercier Edward Holmes Baldock (1777-1845), who was perhaps the most influential figure in the London art market in the early 19th Century, numbering among his clients King George IV, the Dukes of Northumberland and Buccleuch and William Beckford.
Lord Lowther was part of the circle of enlightened connoisseur-collectors at the beginning of the 19th Century with a passion for the ancien régime, grouped around George, Prince of Wales, later George IV, who had been a friend since childhood. He was one of Baldock's most important clients, who even acted as his packer and remover when Lord Lowther moved from Cleveland Row to 14-15 Carlton House Terrace in 1837.
Baldock not only retailed antique and modern furniture but also altered and restored older pieces, and he was therefore almost certainly responsible for the alterations on this table en cas. It is therefore interesting to note that on 4 April 1838 Baldock billed Lord Lowther £18s. 6d for 'Alterg. French Table to Table de Nuit...', while another bill dated 9 May 1839 recorded the following:
'fine formed inlaid Table 12 - -
altering table to hold a pot de chambre 1 5 6 '
Either of these bills could well refer to the Dreesmann table (see Bellaigue, op. cit., pp. 18 and 22).
Two other superb pieces of 18th Century furniture have been discovered recently with the 'CHT' brand, a George III commode by Pierre Langlois, sold from the collection of French and Company, Christie's, New York, 24 November 1998, lot 35, and a Louis XV commode by BVRB, sold from the Alexander Collection, Christie's, New York, 30 April 1999, lot 100.