The stamp is of Jean-Jacques Pothier (active until c.1785), received maître in 1750. After marrying, Jean-Jacques Pothier settled as a menuisier-ébéniste in the rue Mazarine from where he moved to the rue de Bourbon around 1775-76. There is mention of him as a former`master-joiner' in 1786 which leads to the supposition that he left the trade in around 1780. Almost nothing is recorded regarding Pothier's clientele even though he manufactured very fine pieces. The quality of his work was so high that he had the opportunity to work on a regular basis with Georges Jacob which is evidenced by a number of pieces virtually identical to those coming from the celebrated Jacob workshop. His work covers the time between the mid 18th century and the last years before the revolution. His style became highly significant in the late 1760's with the neo-classical revival.
In overall good conserved condition. The colour of the gilding is slightly lighter and more attractive than in the catalogue photograph. Joints sound and sturdy. There is a 20cm section of the left rail of one replaced which is only visible when viewed from underneath. Some miniscule scattered chips to the gilding which can be touched up. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."