Jean-Pierre Dusautoy, maître in 1779.
This table à écrire was executed by Jean-Pierre Dusautoy of the rue de Charonne. Inspired by the oeuvre of his contemporary, Roger Vandercruse, dit Lacroix, Dusautoy is recorded as having worked for the tapissier Bonnemain, as well as for the marchand-ébéniste Nicolas Lannuier. He seems to have specialised in the production of small tables ambulantes, including that owned by Marie-Antoinette at the Prison du Temple (sold in Paris, Ader Picard Tajan, 15 April 1989, lot 155, FF480,000). Further examples are in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; in the Wrightsman Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (F.J.B. Watson, The Wrightsman Collection, Fribourg, 1966, vol. I, no. 138, pp. 276-7); another is illustrated in P. Kjellberg, Le Mobilier Français du XVIIIe Siècle, Paris, 1989, p. 292; one was sold Sotheby's New York, 19 May 2006, lot 347; and a related pair was sold Christie's London, 9-10 December 2004, lot 352.