Exceptional so-called "wig-dresser" chest of drawers in rosewood, amaranth and boxwood, opening with a large front drawer.
Model strongly curved in plan as in elevation, in front and on the sides.
The sleepers and feet luxuriously veneered with amaranth wood.
The sides and the drawer are veneered with rosewood, they offer reserves delimited by staples joined in amaranth.
The interior of the storeroom is encrusted with a decoration of branches and flowers in boxwood and amaranth end wood.
Very beautiful original openwork bronze scraps.
The original Aleppo breccia marble top with double moldings perfectly matches the contour of the cabinet.
Very good state of conservation.
Stamp on the two uprights I.C Saunier for Jean Charles Saunier received master on August 27, 1743 and hallmark of the jurande of master cabinetmakers JME.
A handwritten inscription in ink "1752" on the back of the drawer.
Parisian work from the Louis XV period, produced by Jean-Charles Saunier and his son Claude-Charles in the family workshop, probably under the direction of Marchand Mercier Pierre IV Migeon.
Width: 58 cm; Depth: 48 cm; Height: 76 cm
Our opinion :
The wigmaker is a precious piece of furniture characteristic of the French 18th century, of which few models have survived.
It seemed to be, reserved for an elite of the judiciary, anxious to appear with an abundant wig and in perfect condition, which the use of small wig boxes did not always allow.
The wigs were therefore stored in the deep drawer of this dedicated chest of drawers, well protected from light, on balls specially designed for this purpose.
The floral decoration on all three sides is characteristic of the heyday of the Louis XV style, reached in the 1750s.
The very curved shapes, the use of precious woods offering a strong contrast, and the balance of the decor perfectly represent the production of the Saunier family during the reign of Louis XV.
The inscription "1752" on the back of the drawer is not trivial, it represents an important date for the family, with the obtaining of the master's degree from the young Claude-Charles.
At this time he was still working in his father’s studio, together with his father, and received the first orders from Pierre Migeon.
Indeed, the Sauniers are friends and neighbors of Migeon at the Faubourg St Antoine, they appear on the register of workers regularly working for the company, alongside many cabinet makers and other craftsmen ...
Claude-Charles Saunier will meet posterity through the quality of his productions; unlike a Riesener or a Carlin which will use bronzes in profusion, its productions are sober but are based on a perfect finish and very bright contrasts with a choice of high quality woods which will delight a clientele of connoisseurs.
Son and grandson of cabinetmakers, from his early years he obtained the confidence of the greatest merchant mercer in Paris, Pierre Migeon.
The latter is a dealer specializing in rare furniture often made to order, such as music tables, delivery tables, wigmakers, patient chairs, etc.
He makes extensive use of the Aleppo breach to cover his furniture, almost always with this double molding, which we find on our set.
It is therefore very likely that our rare chest of drawers is a subcontracting of the Saunier family for the famous merchant.
The wigmaker that we present represents in our eyes, both in form and in its decoration, the quintessence of the Louis XV style.
120 000 €