Jean-François Leleu, maître in 1764.
With its restrained outline and use of handsome mahogany veneers, this work table is representative of the elegant oeuvre of Leleu (1729-1807).
Leleu was one of the favoured assistants in the workshop of the great ébéniste Jean-François Oeben (1721-1763). After the early death of his master, he hoped to be entrusted with the running of the workshop, but was superseded by Jean-Henri Riesener (1734-1806), another of Oeben's assistants. After Leleu left and set up on his own, he attracted a grand and sophisticated clientele, which included the Duc d'Uzs, Baron d'Ivry, and Ange-Laurent Lalive de Jully.