Charles Topino, maître in 1773
Established in the rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, Topino specialised in the production of light furniture enriched with marquetry, either in the form of flowers or 'naif' still-lives inspired by the borders of Chinese screens. Employed as a specialist marqueteur by marchands such as Héricourt, Dautriche, Migeon, Denizot, Delorme, Tuart, Boudin and Moreau, Topino's characteristic bronze dorés were cast by Viret, chased by Chamboin and Dubuisson and gilded by Bécard, Gérard and Vallet. As his daybook for the years 1771-79 clearly reveals, Topino had very few private clients. He supplied a table of this general form to a marchand at a cost of around sixty to seventy livres.
Several tables of the model by Topino are recorded, either with a marble top, as here, or with a marquetry top. A near identical pair of tables, both stamped by Topino, is discussed in Partridge Recent Acquisitions 1998, no.52, pp. 126-7 and three tables of closely related form are illustrated in J. Nicolay, L'Art et la Manière des maîtres Ebénistes Français au XVIIIe Siècle, Paris, 1956, p. 461, figs. J,K,L. Another example, but with a false stamp, from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Deane F. Johnson was sold in these Rooms, 30 April 1983, lot 111. A further table à ecrire with a marquetry top was sold anonymously Christie's London, 15 June 1995, lot 12 (£ 45,500) while a final example was sold anonymously at Christie's New York, 27 May 1999, lot 289 ($79,500).