Daubet and Dumarest were cabinet makers in Lyon, working from no. 2 rue d'Algerie. In 1855 they exhibited at the Exposition Universelle with an ormolu-mounted thuya bureau made for the Empress Eugenie, the wife of Napoleon III.
The present lot was probably made between 1830 - 1840. Though it is very austere in its appearance the finish is of a very high quality. This comes into evidence in the construction; the drawers are centrelly locked through a mechanism operated with a keyhole just below the doors. It appears that Daubet and Dumarest patented this mechanism as this keyhole is stamped with the text: Brevet d'invention Ss Gtie Duct. Besides this complicated mechanism they provided the drawers with wheels to facilitate their use. Denise Ledoux Lebard, Les Ebenistes du XIXe Siècle, Osny, 1984, p. 151.