Jacques Dubois, maître in 1742.
Jacques Dubois was one of the most prolific and versatile ébénistes in the mid-18th century, but pieces decorated in lacquer are relatively rare in his oeuvre-among the more than 120 pieces listed among his stock in the inventory taken after his death in 1764, less than 10 were in lacquer. This perhaps reflects the fact that he worked less closely with the marchands-merciers than his confrères BVRB and Joseph, although Dubois did produce work for Léger Bertin and François Machart as well as the marchand-ébéniste Pierre Migeon (see T. Wolvesperges, Le Meuble Français en Laque au XVIIIe Siècle, Paris, 1999, pp. 283-6). The bronzes on the commode offered here are particularly rich in his oeuvre-the pierced vigorously scrolling mount to the apron compares to the mounts flanking the drawers on one his most celebrated pieces in lacquer, the sumptuous bureau plat formerly in the collection of Louis-Philippe-Joseph, duc d'Orléans, now in the Louvre (illustrated Wolvesperges, op. cit., fig. 189).