The initials HDB=LB are the mark of the cabinet-maker and furniture retailer Heddebaut-Labaere who was active in Ghent. Little is known about this Belgian cabinetmaker, however, he is mentioned in the 'Ebénisterie' section of "La Belgique Industrielle", the catalogue published by Louis Hauman for the exhibition of Belgian industry products in 1835. The piece is very much executed in the manner of Jean-Joseph Chapuis (1765-1864), the most important Belgian furniture maker during the Empire period. Chapuis is most well known for good quality mahogany pieces and he supplied a wide variety of pieces to the royal castle of Laeken from 1806 onwards (D. Ledoux-Lebard, Le Mobilier Français du XIXe Siècle 1795-1889, Paris, 1989, pp. 118-121). Furthermore, the mounts on this piece are of particularly fine quality.
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