Guillaume Kemp, maître in 1764.
The beautifully executed trompe l'oeil marquetry gives the impression of plush drapery hanging above the ribbon-tied medallion that hangs on the neo-classically striped background, probably inspired by the pattern of military campaign tents.
Only one other commode by Kemp with this distinctive drapery marquetry - possibly the pair to this commode - is known: it formed part of the celebrated collection of the Espirito Santo collection in Portugal and was sold at Ader-Picard-Tajan, Paris, 14 June 1977, lot 125. The Espirito Santo family has been synonymous with banking in Portugal since the foundation of the family bank in 1884. Financial success came hand in hand with a passion for the arts and their collections included some of the finest French furniture with pieces stamped by such celebrated ébénistes as Jean-Francois Oeben, Jean-Henri Riesener, Claude-Charles Saunier and Adam Weisweiler.