Joseph Baumhauer dit Joseph, ébéniste privilegié du Roi, circa 1749.
Joseph Baumhauer, of German origin, married in Paris in 1745 and was appointed ébéniste privilegié du Roi around 1749. Established in the rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine at the sign of the 'Boule Blanche', it seems that his oeuvre was commissioned almost exclusively by marchands-merciers. Indeed Hebert, Daguerre, Duvaux, Julliot, Héricourt, Darnault and Poirier are all known to have employed him. Under their influence, his oeuvre became increasingly neoclassical (A. Pradère, French Furniture Makers, London, 1989, pp. 231-45). He was succeeded by his son Joseph Gaspard Joseph around 1772, who continued the business on the rue de la Roquette and became ébéniste privilegié du Roi, circa 1770.
A very similar cartonnier with slightly more elaborate mounts and a glazed door to the front of the base was sold anonymously, Christie's London, 23 June 1998, lot 98.