Mathieu-Guillaume Cramer, maître in 1771.
This elegant bureau plat, with its trellis pattern marquetry and legs inlaid with husk pendants, relates to a group of furniture by or attributed to Mathieu-Guillaume Cramer. A smaller example sold from the collection of Bernice and Edgar Garbisch, Sotheby’s, New York, 17 May 1980, lot 322, and a related example sold from the collection of Jaime Ortiz-Patiño, Sotheby’s, New York, 20 May 1992, lot 89. As with the present example, they are unsigned but attributed to Cramer. Cramer was known for using the trellis pattern enclosing quatrefoils and legs inlaid with husk pendants, such as on a bonheur du jour signed M. G. CRAMER, illustrated in C. Packer, Paris Furniture, 1956, fig. 221.
A nearly identical bureau plat with its matching cartonnier is in the Ministre de la Marine, Paris.