Joseph Gengenbach, known as Canabas, maître in 1766.
Joseph Gengenbach, called Canabas, was of German origin. He settled in the famed Parisian Faubourg Saint-Antoine in 1755 and became maître in 1766 after working for Jean-François Oeben and Pierre Migeon. He specialized in small pieces of furniture in the fashionable goût anglais, mainly utilitarian and practical forms often of innovative conception. His furniture was executed in the best possible mahogany and his pieces, as seen in the present example, are usually characterized by the restrained use or complete lack of ormolu mounts. He is known to have focused predominantly on small functional pieces, which could be used for service without the need for servants. A pair of practically identical jardinières by Canabas, possibly the Wrightsman pair, was sold from the Collection of Anna Thomson Dodge, Christie's London, 24 June 1971, lot 109.