Jacques Dubois, maître in 1742.
Half-brother of the marchand-ébéniste Noël Gérard, Jacques Dubois (1694-1763) worked as an ouvrier libre in the Faubourg Saint-Antoine. He was one of the most prolific cabinet-makers in the Louis XV period, his work characterised by graceful lines and finely cast mounts. His workshop was extensive, the inventory taken after his death listing no less than twelve workbenches and over one hundred pieces of furniture.
He specialised in lacquer pieces, and among the furniture in his workshop the inventory listed 'un petit secrétaire en lac de japon 200 L'. These were almost certainly made on commission for a marchand-mercier, and it is interesting to note that Dubois supplied lacquer furniture to the marchand-mercier Machart, and employed the specialist vernisseur Joseph Huitre to supply him with lacquer panels.
Among the recorded examples of lacquer secretaires by Dubois, those in Japanese lacquer, the most prized and expensive form of lacquer used in this way, are rare. A very close secretaire stamped by Jacques Dubois was sold Ader, Picard, Tajan, Palais Galliera, Paris, 25 March 1969, lot 144.