Rare small corner cabinets in rosewood and kingwood opening with a leaf.
Gray marble top.
M.CRIARD stamps on both.
Bear the mark "No. 2115" and FN 341 2 under crown on one and No. 2 ... partly cleared and FN 339 under the crown on the other.
The first mark refers us to the journal of the Royal Furniture Guard, number O1 3315.
Delivered by the Sieur Joubert to serve in the apartment of Mesdames de France at the castle of Fontainebleau.
Mrs. Sophie's Cabinet:
No. 2115: A corner of purple and pink wood, 12 inches square, 26 inches high.
Garde robe next to the cabinet:
No. 2116: Two corners of purple and pink veneered wood, 12 inches square, 27 inches high.
Gilles Joubert (1689-1775) therefore gives three small corners, one for the cabinet and the other for the Garde robe next to the cabinet.
Overwhelmed by the royal orders, he subcontracted the fabrication of the three corners to his colleague Mathieu Criard (1724-1787), a Parisian cabinetmaker received on 22 April 1747.
It is quite amusing to note that the cupboard delivered for the cabinet is one inch (2.7 cm) longer than the pair delivered for the Garde robe.
The other numbers refer to the new formulation put in place by Marc Antoine Thierry of the City of Avray in September 1787. (oder OI 3398)
The corners have not changed place, but following the death of Mrs. Sophie on March 2, 1782, her sister Mrs. Victoire inherited her apartments.
Ms. Victoire's apartments
No. 339: a precious wood veneer corner cabinet opening with a leaf, 13 inches deep.
N ° 341: Two small corners with a leaf, 12 1/2 inches deep.
At the revolution, after the seizure of the estate, the corners are sold in front of the castle between 19 and 24 September 1794.
The minutes of the sale having disappeared it is impossible for us to trace them from this date.