This commode is inspired by the models by Bernard Van Risen Burgh (for a note, see lot 52) and Joseph Baumhauer (d.1772), ébéniste privilégié du Roi from 1749.
The use of lacquer panels to decorate furniture was the result of the initiative of the marchands-merciers Hébert, Darnault and Poirier. Expensive chests, screens and cabinets were cut down to form the main panels on commodes, the remaining surfaces being filled in with Vernis Martin, a French lacquer invented by the Martin brothers imitating Japanese lacquer.
Hébert was the first to supply this type of furniture to the Garde-Meuble Royal in 1737. This was an ormolu-mounted Japanese lacquer commode made by B.V.R.B. for the Queen's cabinet de retraite at Fontainebleau.