A Louis XVI gilt bronze mounted solid mahogany barbière signed J.CANABAP and JME.
The top revealing a marble board and a retractable mirror, above two drawers and a door leaf.
Joseph Gengenbach dit Canabas, maître in 1766
Paris circa 1780
This elegant barbière reflects the goût anglais popularized by Canabas. Generally specializing in small pieces of solid mahogany furniture with particularly well-chosen Cuban mahoganies, most surviving examples are sober in design and without ormolu mounts, however he did indeed use mounts in his oeuvre. At the sale of his stock after his death, notices for the sale advertise '...tables à coulisse et à patins, tables de nuit, à cylindre, consoles, toilettes d'homme et de femme, chiffonnières, fauteuils de bureau et autres objets, pour la plupart en acajou massif, ornés de cuivre et dans le meilleur goût ‘.
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