André-Louis Gilbert specialized in making furniture veneered with panels of architectural marquetry which were often executed in the manner of Hubert Robert, and in the manner of Pierre-Antoine Machy as on a commode in the Frick Collection, discussed by Geoffrey de Bellaigue, Ruins in Marquetry, Apollo, 1968, LXXXVII, pp. 12-21, figs. 8, 9; see also T. Dell, Furniture in the Frick Collection, 1992, pp. 376-377.
Gilbert made marquetry panels which he sold to his fellow ébénistes and on July 19, 1780 he advertised in Les Petites Affiches a secrétaire à abattant surmonté d'une bibliothèque dont les panneaux montrent des temples en ruines (Comte de Salverte, Les ébénistes du XVIIIe Siècle Français, 1953). A commode by Charles Topino (maître 1773) and a fall front secrétaire thought to be by LePage, incorporates marquetry panels depicting ruins in much the same manner as on the offered commode, illustrated, de Bellaigue, op. cit. pl. 37 and 44, the latter also incorporating an obelisk in the center of the panel.
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