- G. de Bellaigue, The James A. de Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor. Furniture, Clocks and Gilt-Bronzes, vol. I, Fribourg, 1974, pp. 278-281
- A. Forray-Carlier and M. Kopplin (dir.), Les secrets de la laque française. Le vernis Martin, Paris, 2014, pp. 45-57, 71-77, 92-93
The example presented here bears the stamp of Delorme. Adrien Faizelot-Delorme, master status in 1748 and established on rue du Temple, specialized in making marquetry furniture for which he was considered "one of the most skillful and renowned" Parisian cabinetmakers. Our desk's interior is of extreme richness which attests his capabilities. It can therefore be compared to one from the collection of Baron Edmond de Rothschild and nowadays kept at Waddesdon Manor (inv.P / 688, see fig. 2) and more precisely from its sumptuous inner decor revealing drawers and two hatches.
He also crafted furniture incorporating lacquer from China and Japan, but also "manner of China" panels, that is to say European lacquer panels imitating Asian lacquer. The quality of our decor as well as that of the bronzes, makes it possible to conclude that the dealers who called upon Adrien Faizelot-Delorme also asked the Martins, famous family of varnishers, to realize the decoration. Renowned during the early 18th century, the Martin family was first established with Guillaume (1689-1749), "first varnisher to the king", then his brothers Etienne-Simon and Julien as well as his children and nephews.
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