The present lot is based on a bureau plat, now in the permanent collection of the Musée du Louvres. Purchased in 1768 by the Duc d' Orléans for the Chateau de Rainsy, it was confiscated at the revolution from the latter.
Jacques Dubois was received Master 1742 and was one of the most distinguished Parisian ébénistes of the Louis XV period. he worked for many years as an ouvrier privilégié in the Faubourg Saint-Antoine. He used the stamp I DUBOIS and so did his son René (received Master in 1755).
A closely related 18th century bureau plat by Dubois, sold, sotheby's, Paris, March 16, 2005, lot 128, € 684,000.
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