Godefroy Dester, maître in 1774.
Godefroy Dester (1768-1805) was a relatively little known ébéniste based in the rue du Faubourg-Saint-Antoine. He was evidently well regarded by his onfrères however, as he was chosen as the ébéniste for a magnificent porcelain-mounted commode supplied to the Comte d'Artois, designed by the architect François-Joseph Bélanger, which is his most celebrated masterpiece (sold in these Rooms, 17 June 1987, lot 70).
A matched pair of occasional tables with identical flower-filled trellis parquetry, (one stamped by Dester ) were sold Christie's New York, 17-18 May 2005, lot 415,(one of which is also illustrated in P. Kjellberg, Le Mobilier Français du XVIIIe Siècle, Paris, 1989, p. 261). A further single occasional table by Dester with the same parquetry sold anonymously, Christie's London, 12 June 2003, lot 1079. A very similar bureau plat, apparently unstamped, was in the collection of Sir Anthony de Rothschild, Bt., then the Hon. Mrs. Yorke, before it was sold on 5 May, 1927 (location unknown).