The creator of this elegant piece of furniture is probably the cabinetmaker Etienne Levasseur (1721-1798), who was received as master in 1767, or his son Pierre-Etienne who continued the family business during the first quarter of the 19th century (see A. Pradère, "Boulle, du Louis XIV sous Louis XVI" in L' Objet d'art No. 0, June 1987, p.62). Their workshop was extremely famous for their know-how in Boulle marquetry, but also for their furniture with Japanese lacquer, such as those delivered around 1770 to the financier Randon de Boisset (see A. Pradère, Les Ebénistes français de Louis XIV à la Révolution, Paris, 1989, 315, Fig. 357).
Their production was also characterized by the use of rich gilt-bronze ornaments inspired by the Louis XIV style, like the top frieze of our meuble d'appui that can be found similarly on the bookcase with Boulle marquetry from the former Londonderry collection (see A. Pradère, op.cit., p.311, fig.352) and on a pair of cabinets from the Royal Collection, also adorned with Japanese lacquer panels (inv. RCIN 2464 ).
In addition, there are Japanese lacquer panels adorned with similar flower vases on a pair of cabinets by Nicolas Petit (consult T. Wolvesperges, Le meuble français en laque au XVIIIe siècle, Paris, 2000, 231). Fig. 113) and on a cabinet by Weisweiler in the Nissim de Camondo Museum (inv 121).