Chest of drawers of amaranth veneer, cubic marquetry and flowers marquetry in reserve, ormolu mounted, topped with a red veined marble, curved shape, opening with two drawers with no apparent sleepers based on cabriole legs, stamped LNMALLE and JME on the right front, a label in the top drawer inscribed in ink ... "Commode ...uis XV / ...ven...a mon cher/..re, p.. s... Fils ainé/H..olite 1893. "
Provenance: Marquis d'Argence Sale in Castle Causeway in Bougival, Blache and Martin study, 9-10 June 1963, lot 123.
The Marquis d'Argence held almost the entire collection of his grandfather Claude-François Joumart, Marquis d'Argence who married in 1810 the daughter of Olivier de Clozeaux. This one, guardian of the remains of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, purchased the land which served to raise the Chapel Expiatoire located square Louis XVI in Paris.
This collection that decorated the castle of Grand Lucé in the Sarthe was transferred to Castle Savigné-l'Evêque and then to the Castle of Causeway in Bougival.
Louis-Noël Malle (1734-1782) was known for his works adorned with landscape or flowers marquetry. Several chests of drawers decorated with inlaid central cartouche of flowers on a background of cubes are known : illustrated in P. Kjellberg "Les ébénistes français du XVIIIème siècle, Editions de l'Amateur, Paris, 1989, p.545"