Pietro Piffetti,(1700-1777) was perhaps the greatest Italian cabinet-maker of the 18th century and certainly one of the most extraordinary virtuosi of the rococo period. His work is characterized by an exhilarating fluidity of line, in combination with an unparalleled technical brilliance and lavish use of exotic materials such as mother-of-pearl, tortoiseshell and ivory. No other cabinet-maker of the period combines these lustrous materials with the confidence and sheer bravado of Piffetti, incorporated within rococo forms.
Much of his work was executed for the royal court of Turin, where he worked as ebanista reale from 1731 until the end of his life, often in collaboration with Royal architects Filippo Juvarra (1678-1736) and Benedetto Alfieri (1699-1767).
This prie dieu is closely related to an example by Piffetti in ed. Baccheschi, Milan, 1963 as well as in E. Quaglino, Il Piemonte, Mobill e ambienti dal XV all'inizio del XIX secolo, Milan, 1966, p.124.