Rare two-body bookcase with a facade entirely clad in olive wood, the luster of which is contrasted by amaranth wood fillets with a geometric pattern.
The slightly recessed upper body opens to two mesh doors, the upper cut of which elegantly marks the rounded edges.
The lower part opens with two doors and two drawers with walnut bottom.
The sides in cherry wood are adorned with diamonds in blackened wood fillets thus echoing the black moldings.
The elegance of the proportions, the roundness of the mesh doors, the choice of wood, the quality of the marquetry, the typical diamond design attest the attribution of this library to the great Grenoble cabinetmaker Thomas Hache (28 November 1664 - 13 mail 1747 )
Two models of similar libraries are presented in the book by Pierre and Françoise Rouge - Le Génie des Hache - pages 99/100. (see attached photo)
L.114 cm x P. 45 cm x H. 209 cm
Olive wood, amaranth, cherry
France - Grenoble
Attributed to Thomas Hache
Thomas Hache was born in Toulouse in 1664.
At 20, he begins his journey through France, stops in Grenoble, works with the cabinetmaker Michel Chevallier, marries the latter's daughter in 1699, and after the death of his stepfather in 1720, resumes his workshop in Place Claveyson.
A year later, he obtained the Guard and Cabinetmaker's certificate from the house of Louis d'Orléans, Duke of Chartres, governor of the Dauphiné. With the help of his only son, Pierre, who will succeed him, he shows great activity.
He will use native wood inlays (before reaching Grenoble, Thomas Hache had met Piedmontese inlayers during a stay in Chambéry), or regional wood inlays made of panels framed with nets on a background of plain veneer.
Cf : Le mobilier français du XVIII° siècle – Pierre Kjellberg
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