Alexandre Pradère, French Furniture Makers, The Art of the Ebéniste from Louis XIV to the Revolution, Tours, 1989, pp. 121-123.
This commode can be attributed to the ébéniste Etienne Doirat (circa 1675-1732) on the basis of stylistic similarities with other commodes by this maker. Doirat is rare among Régence cabinet-makers for having stamped a good number of pieces that he produced. This together with the exclusivity of his ormolu mounts assists in attributing pieces to him.
For a related commode, see Arts of France, Christie's, New York, 2nd November 2000, lot 207.
Etienne Doirat (circa 1675-1732):
He is recorded in the Grand-Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine at the time of his marriage in 1704. He moved to the rue Saint-Marguerite in 1711 and back to the Grand-Rue in 1720. He set up his workshop in 1726 in the Cour de la Contrescarpe-des-Fossées-de-la-Bastille and in 1731 he leased a store in the rue Saint-Honoré, a fashionable address for luxury retailers, probably to market his furniture better. The inventory following his death in 1732 is published by J-D Augarde, 'E. Doirat, Menuisier en ébène,' The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal, Vol. XIII, 1985, pp. 33-52. The inventory reveals the scope of his production, including not only commodes but also bureaux plats, bookcases, night-tables and encoignures.
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