French secretaire stamped by Jean-Chrysostome STUMPFF (1731-1806, received as master on August 27, 1766)
Inlaid with rosewood in frames of amaranth highlighted by angled nets.
Rectangular, it opens with a drawer, a flap revealing a paper clip and two door leaves concealing a chest.
The central part of the marquetry in the flap revealing an heart.
Beautiful breech marble.
Stamped STUMPFF and JME (Jurande des Menuisiers Ebenistes parisiens).
Born in Swabia, Stumpff established himself as a free craftsman in the rue Saint Nicolas, where he remained after obtaining his master's degree in 1766. His stamp is found on a number of works in rosewood veneer and lacquer in the style of the Extreme- Orient, with marquetry with geometric motifs. But what made the notoriety of this cabinetmaker was a very original marquetry, trompe l'oeil, simulating small cubes and crosses in relief, marquetry which had a huge success in 1770. We also notice in this cabinet maker the regular job from framing nets to Greek. His furniture Louis XV (quite rare), Transition and Louis XVI are always of excellent quality.
Stumpff's furniture can be found in the great 18th century furniture collections, for example a pair of Louis XVI secretaires in the former Ilhami Hussein Pasha collection or a wardrobe simulating a secretary in the Greffuhle collection (Auctions : Monaco, May 14, 1992 ; Paris, March 6, 2000).
- Pierre Kjellberg – Le Mobilier Français du XVIIIe siècle – Les Éditions de l’Amateur – 2008
- Comte François de Salverte – Les Ébénistes du XVIIIe siècle – Les Éditions d’Art et d’Histoire – 1934
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