André-Antoine Lardin, (1724-1790), maître in 1750.
This elegant commode typifies the fashion for furniture mounted with exotic and rare lacquer, the use and trade of which was controlled by the marchands-merciers.
The marchands-merciers enjoyed a monopoly on the importation of all non perishable goods from the Orient and dealers such as Hébert and Lazare-Duvaux were amongst the first to promote the fashion for mounting furniture with lacquer panels in the 1740s and 1750s. Lardin’s career is somewhat thinly documented, he is known to have worked for the marchands André-François Carré, this superb Chinese lacquer commode having most certainly been commissioned through the intervention of one of these fashionable dealers.
The marchand-mercier André-François Carré, is recorded rue Froidmanteau, "Magasin de glaces, porcelaine ébénisterie et curiosités pour les cabinets d'histoire naturelle." Carré also worked with two vernisseurs (vernis Martin): Porchon and Prévost.