Jean-Pierre Latz, 1691-1754
The delicate, naturalistic floral marquetry framed within clearly delineated cartouches combined with the distinctive gourd-shaped seed-pods and trellis panels are all features of the documented oeuvre of Jean-Pierre Latz, who was described after his death as ébeniste privilegié du Roy. Other examples of his work displaying these characteristics include a mechanical writing table in the James A. de Rothschild Collection, Waddesdon Manor (illustrated in G. de Bellaigue, The James A. de Rothschild Collection, Waddesdon Manor, Furniture and Gilt-Bronzes, Fribourg, 1974, vol. I, pp. 395-7, no. 82), a commode formerly in the Fayet Collection, Lyon (illustrated in H.Hawley , " Jean-Pierre Latz, Cabinet-Maker ", Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art,September/October 1970, no.56) and a bureau en pente in the Niarchos collection, illustrated Hawley ibid., no. 26 .