Jean-Charles Ellaume, maître in 1754.
These corner commodes, elegantly serpentined in sarcophagus scrolls, are likely to have been conceived en suite with a commode, and their vignettes of bird-inhabited gardens in colored golds would have harmonized with the colorful Chinese floral wallpapers imported by leading Parisian marchands-merciers. Roman acanthus and scalloped cartouches enrich the serpentined ribbon-bands of ormolu that frame the lacquered tablets, which would have been cut from an early 18th century Chinese screen or cabinet.
The encoignures almost certainly bear the brand of Jean-Charles Ellaume, who traded for over thirty years from the rue Traversiere-Saint-Antoine. His stamp also features on a related commode, decorated in vernis noir et or, illustrated P. Kjellberg, Le Mobilier Francais du XVIII Siecle, Paris, 2002, p.339.