Françoid Lieutaud, maître around 1710.
This elegant and richly-mounted bureau plat is part of a group of related examples, which are very similar in shape and the use of dark veneers, but show differences in the principal mounts. This relatively large group of bureaux has traditionally been attributed to Nöel Gérard, whose stamp 'NG' appears on one of these, namely the bureau in the Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio (A. Pradère, French Furniture Makers, Paris, 1989, pp. 112-114). Besides the bureau in Toledo and the present example, the group includes, amongst others, one in the Bayerisches Museum, Munich, one in the Neue Residenz Bamberg (formerly in the Residenz, Munich), a further example in the Residenz in Ansbach, and finally a bureau sold from the collection of the Earl of Stair, Christie's, London, 6 April 1978, lot 58.
However, the discovery of François Lieutaud's stamp 'FL' on the Ansbach bureau has prompted further research into the group, which has exposed various differences and allows for a further sub-division within the bureaux listed above. (C. Graf von Pfeil, Die Möbel der Residenz Ansbach, Munich, 1999, no. 10, pp. 76-78) This justifies the re-attribution of at least some of them to Lieutaud; obviously the one stamped by him, but also the bureau in the Residenz in Munich and the present example, which are closer to the latter than to the Toledo bureau by Gérard.