With its characteristic rosette and lozenge parquetry within a rosette-trellis frame, this commode belongs to a distinctive group of commodes, all of which were almost certainly supplied through the intervention of Léonard Boudin (1735-1807), the marchand-ébéniste. Often Boudin's stamp as marchand is to be found next to that of the ébéniste. An almost identical commode, featuring the stamp of Jacques-Laurent Cosson (1737-1812) is illustrated in P. Kjellberg, Le mobilier Français du XVIIIe siècle, Paris, 1989, p. 187. A similar commode, stamped Boudin (maître in 1761) is illustrated in Kjellberg, op. cit, p. 92. A further example stamped Boudin, was sold anonymously, in these Rooms, 12 December 1996, lot 178 (£40,000 inc. premium).
The Dublin firm of Butler specialised in restoring and making reproduction, mainly Irish, 18th Century furniture. They were also antique dealers and it is most likely that they stamped the present piece with their brand. One trade label bearing the name Michael Butler refers to himself as a 'Collector and Restorer of "Chippendale", "Adams" and "Sheraton" Furniture, Etc. Large Collection of Old French Furniture'. From 1886-1903, they were recorded at the Royal Antique Furniture Galleries, 26, 126, 127 & 128 Upper Abbey Street (The Knight of Glin, 'Dublin Directories and Trade Labels', Furniture History, 1985, p. 262).