This elegant transitional commode is stamped by the celebrated ébéniste Pierre Roussel I (1723-1782) who received his maîtrise in 1745 and supplied furniture for the Palais-Bourbon as well as the château de Chantilly.
The sophisticated trellised parquetry 'de carrés à quatre-feuilles sur fond de cubes', mosaiced in Roman pavement fashion, was favoured by a number of ébénistes in the 1760s. It also appears on commodes bearing the stamps of the fabricant and marchand Leonard Boudin (maître in 1761) and Pierre Denizot (maître in 1740) (illustrated in P.Kjellberg, Le Mobilier Français du XVIIIeme Siècle, Paris, 1998, pp. 92, 254, 255 and 92). In addition it appears on a commode stamped by Daniel Deloose (maître in 1767), sold at Sotheby's, London, 27 November 1987, lot 264.