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This suite, comprising a commode-servante, a commode and two pairs of encoignures, reflects the influence of the marchand-mercier Dominique Daguerre. The heir to Simon-Philippe Poirier's (d. 1785) atelier, Daguerre specialised in supplying objets de luxe to the French Court and, following the Revolution particularly to the English nobility. Based in the rue St. Honoré, as his trade label reveals he 'Tient Magasin de Porcelaines, Bronzes, Ebénisterie, Glaces, Curiosités, & autres Marchandifes'. In 1786, Daguerre signed an agreement with Josiah Wedgwood for the exclusive rights to sell Wedgwoods' Jasperware in France, and in the following year he was commissioned to supply the furnishings for George, Prince of Wales at Carlton House, under the direction of the architect Henry Holland. Opening a shop in Piccadilly, Daguerre supplied such figures as the Duke of York, Lady Holdernesse, Earl Spencer and the 5th Duke of Bedford.
A suite of related furniture, stamped by Claude-Charles Saunier and including a pair of consoles-dessertes and encoignures, was supplied by Daguerre under Henry Holland's direction to Earl Spencer for Spencer House, London. Now at Althorp, they were described in Daguerre's invoice of 31 May 1791 as: 'Deux Consoles en Bois d'acajou avec tablettes de marbre entre les Pieds, garni de frisse mouleur et autres Bronzes doré d'or moulu, les Dessus en marbre Blanc à 960 ...1,920 livres' (F.J.B. Watson, Louis XVI Furniture, London, 1960, no. 145, pp. 134-5, fig. 145).