Jean-François Leleu, maître in 1764.
This model of jewel-coffer secretaire en cabinet, dating from the 1760's, can be confidently attributed to the marchand-mercier Simon-Philippe Poirier. Executed in both bois de bout and early neo-classical marquetry, simple parquetry and even Japanese lacquer, the model is known to have been made by other ébénistes ranging from Bernard II van Risenburgh and Joseph Baumhauer to Simon Oeben and Roger van der Cruse, dit Lacroix (sold anonymously at Christie's Monaco, 13 December 1998, lot 320). The categoric link with Poirier was provided by an example by BVRB veneered in Japanese lacquer, whose interior drawer was inscribed 'Poirier..Marchand' (sold from the Alexander Collection, Christie's New York, 30 April 1999, lot 105).
Related cabinets of this form by BVRB with a fall-front of plain veneer or neo-classical vase marquetry include that sold anonymously at Christie's New York, 9 May 1985, lot 190; another sold Palais Galliera, Paris, 2 June 1970, lot 126; another, sold from the Patiño Collection, Sotheby's New York, 1 November 1986, lot 116 and a final example, formerly in the collection of Penard y Fernandez, sold Etude Picard Tajan, Monaco, 17 March 1988, lot 89.
A further group of unstamped cabinets, their fall-fronts veneered with bois-de-bout flowering branches, comprises:- that in the Forsyth Wickes at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (formerly in the collection of the Counts Potocki, Lancut, Poland, no. 62.2504, illustrated in P. Verlet, Les Meubles Français du XVIIème siècle, Paris, 1982, fig. 151); another, sold anonymously at Sotheby's Monaco, 22 June 1986, lot 634; and a final one from the Patiño Collection, sold Sotheby's New York, 1 November 1986, lot 115.