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 Anonymous - Sedan chair
François Boucher - The little dog’s dance
Jean-Baptiste Greuze - Young Shepherd Holding a Flower
Hubert Robert - The Laundry
 Jean Moisy (clockmaker) and Jean-Claude Chambellan known as Duplessis (goldsmith) - Organ pipe clock with a monkey orchestra
Hubert Robert - Washerwomen in a garden
 Adrien Delorme and Pierre Roussel - Chest of drawers
Giambattista  Tiepolo - Alexander and Bucephalus
Nicolas Sageot - « Mazarin » table desk
Claude Joseph Vernet - The Tivoli Cascades
Jean-Honoré Fragonard - Jérôme de La Lande
 Manufacture de Beauvais - Tapestry : Psyche Led by the West Wind into the Palace of Love and Psyche Showing Her Wealth to Her Sisters
Roger Van der Cruse known as La Croix or RVLC (Attributed to) - Combination furniture : commode with doors, secretaire in drawer, wardrobe
Jacques Louis David - The death of Seneca
Giovanni Antonio (dit Gianantonio) Pellegrini - Esquisse pour le plafond de la Banque Royale : Le Déchargement en bord de Seine de marchandises en provenance de la Louisiane

Chest of drawers

Adrien Delorme and Pierre Roussel
Circa 1750-1760
Of beechwood construction with pine drawers. Rosewood, purple heart, pear wood and hornbeam veneers with gilded bronze work.
86,5 x 146 cm x 66 cm

This chest of drawers bears the marks of both Delorme and Roussel. The manufacturer of a piece would stamp it and the dealer, who might also be a cabinetmaker, would sometimes add his own stamp too.

The difficulty in attributing the role of each party here lies in the fact that their pieces are exactly contemporaneous (Roussel became a master craftsman in 1745 and Delorme in 1748) and both craftsmen used floral marquetry and were in the furniture trade. However, this piece of furniture belongs to a series of seven, several of which bear Delorme’s stamp, suggesting that he might have been the designer and Roussel the craftsman.

Adrien Delorme (who became a master craftsman in 1748 and remained active until 1783) made Chinese lacquerwork furniture in the high rocaille style and created floral marquetry on a background of alternating dark and light chevrons. Pierre Roussel (1723-1782) worked for Migeon and was active almost right up to his death with important duties in the guild of cabinetmakers. Unlike Delorme, his work was very varied and covered all 18th century styles from rocaille to neo-classicism, including transition. He created geometric marquetry with flowers in light woods and knotted ribbons and also landscapes with architecture. Dark wood surrounds often followed the contours of the bronze work.

Marks Inscriptions Hall-marks: 
DELORME, ROUSSEL and JME (guild marks)
Inventory number: 
Inventory number : OTUCK00060
Acquisition details : Edward Tuck and Julia Stell donation, 1921
Room 11
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