Pierre Denizot, maitre in 1740.
This impressive bureau plat, with its bold, classical inspired mounts on a stark ebonized ground, epitomizes the sober, architectural forms of the goût grec style of the 1760's. Indeed it was a bureau plat, the celebrated example designed by the peintre-dessinateur Louis-Joseph de Le Lorrain for Ange-Laurent de Lalive de Jully circa 1756-7 with à l'antique mounts by Philippe Caffieri on an ebony ground, which made a sensation as the first piece of furniture truly to be conceived in the new classical style. A select group of ébénistes grasped this new idiom, including Philippe-Claude Montigny, whose bureau plat with cartonnier in the collection of the Dukes of Bedford in Woburn Abbey, features a similar frieze of flower-filled entrelacs. Pierre Denizot was a versatile ébéniste whose clients included the Comte d'Artois and the Comte de Provence, brothers of Louis XVI.
Aimée de Heeren, the Brazilian-born beauty, married Rodman de Heeren, an heir to the Philadelphia Wanamaker department store fortune, in 1941, and they traveled widely and maintained homes in Biarritz, New York and Palm Beach. Mrs. de Heeren was known for her elegance, beauty and glamour, both in her dress and her decorating style.