This mahogany tall chest simulating seven drawers opens to six drawers, the two bottom drawers joined.
Each drawer is ornamented with an ebony filet and a brass moulding. The fall-front is flanked by full-length fluted columns on tapering feet. On each side, two panels decorated with the same ornamentation of ebony and brass.
The white marble top with a drapery motif gallery.
Heritage of the regence chiffonier, this piece of furniture is characteristic of the 18th century. Made to receive linen, the seven drawers symbolized the seven days of the week.
During his career of ebenist de la Couronne, Benneman took inspiration of furniture supplied by Daguerre and executed by Weisweiler or Saunier.
We find on this piece decorative elements typical of these ebenists as the frieze of drapery.
Probably made after 1792, all his former pieces were made for the royal garde-meuble. Our piece has all the characteristic of Louis XVI style.
Guillaume Beneman (d. 1811)
Coming from Germany, Benneman arrived in Paris en the 1780's. He lived rue du Forest in the aera of the Temple. The prices made by Riesener became too high and he was replaced as ebenist of the crown by Benneman in 1786 till 1792. He didn't have any debtors, because working for the garde-meuble, so when the Revolution happened, he didn't make bankruptcy.
Calonne made him received master in 1785 without paying the rights. His statute was a sort of artistic under state supervision. The sculptor Jean-Hauré was foreman for all the cabinet-making, castings, marbles, locksmithings appointed by the Garde-Meuble.
More executant than creator, Benneman was paid every two weeks. He stopped the 2nd June 1789. Mentionned as ebenist of the King, he goes on to work for the Garde-Meuble till 1792. After this year, he continues to work on his own till 1804, and died in 1811.
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