Pierre Macret, marchand-ébéniste privilégié du Roi suivant la cour et conseils de sa majesté in 1756.
This elegant bureau plat by Pierre Macret epitomises the nascent neo-classicism of the late Louis XV period. Widely recognized as the goût grec, it is known to have appeared circa 1754-1756 with the first experimental bureau plat executed for Ange-Laurent Lalive de Jully, probably by Joseph Baumhauer (died 1772) and Philippe Caffiri (1714-1774) to the designs of Louis-Joseph Le Lorrain (1714-1759), and now at the Musée Condé at Chantilly (S. Eriksen, Early neo-classicism in France, London, 1974, figs. 85-89). Such a novel, unparalleled and unprecedented vogue rapidly gained popularity as evidenced by the celebrated quote from the Baron de Grimm in 1763: tout se fait aujourd'hui à la grecque (Ibid, p. 264).
Among the related examples is a bureau plat by Philippe-Claude Montigny was sold from the Wildenstein Collection, Christie's, London, 14-15 December 2005, lot 178; and two examples by René Dubois, sold at Christie's, Paris, 23 June 2005, lot 467 (EUR 168,000), and Sotheby's, New York, 25 April, 1998, lot 353 ($310,500), respectively. A further example by Pierre-Harry Mewesen, featuring an identical Greek-key frieze is illustrated in G. Wannenes, Le Mobilier Français du XVIIIe Siècle, Milan, 1998, p. 239.
For further information on Macret, please refer to lot 114.