Léonard Boudin, maître in 1761.
Although stamped by Léonard Boudin this table en chiffonnière is possibly a collaboration between another cabinet-maker and Boudin, acting as a marchand-ébéniste. The distinctive marquetry of vases and utensils inspired by Chinese coromandel lacquer screens, is closely associated with the work of the ébéniste Charles Topino (maître in 1773), who worked frequently with Boudin. Between 1772 and 1774 Topino supplied forty nine small occasional tables to the marchand, almost all decorated with sujets chinois. Several tables are known which bear both makers' stamps, including a bonheur-du-jour in the Nationalsmuseum, Stockholm and a table in the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto (see S. Barbier Sainte Marie, 'Charles Topino, maître ébéniste et entrepreneur fécond', Estampille/L'Objet d'Art, October 1999, pp. 38-9).
Topino also supplied other cabinet-makers and marchands such as Boudin with individual marquetry panels, as well as finished cabinet pieces, and it is possible that this may be the case with the present table en chiffonnière.
A closely related table of the same model stamped by Boudin and with an additional undertier is illustrated in P. Kjellberg (see Le Mobilier Français du XVIIIe Siècle, Paris, 1998, p. 98) while another very similar table stamped by Topino is illustrated in N. de Reyniès, Le Mobilier Domestique, Paris, 1987, p. 350, ill. 1250.