Jean-François Coulon, maître in 1732.
With its distinctive rocaille encadrement mounts and asymmetrical apron mount, all mirrored by the floral marquetry veneer behind, this commode shares much with two commodes stamped by Jacques-Philippe Carel (maître in 1723) in the Frick Collection, New York. Although of larger proportions, the Frick commodes display several identical mounts and are discussed at length in T. Dell, Furniture in the Frick Collection, Princeton, 1992, vol., pp. 270-281. As Dell remarked, the Frick commodes belong to an extensive group almost certainly executed for the same marchand-mercier, who appears to have owned the model for the mounts, of which the earliest were supplied between 1745-1749, as they are stamped with the C couronné poinçon. Although the marchand remains unidentified, the ébénistes employed included J.-P. Latz, Pierre II Migeon, M.-E. L'Hermite, H. Hansen, J.-F. Dubut, M. Criaerd and L. Boudin. Interestingly, both Migeon, Criaerd and Boudin were active both as ébénistes and marchands.