A Transitional Louis XV - Louis XVI period ormolu-mounted marquetry bonheur du jour by Pierre Roussel. The brass banded rectangular top with a three-quarter galleried superstructure fitted with six drawers. The table stand with a frieze drawer enclosing two hinged compartments and one central section opening of a ratcheted reading stand raised on chamfered cabriole legs ending in sabots and joined by a rectangular stretcher.
Pierre Roussel (1723 - 7 juin 1782), received Master, 21 August 1745, was the son of a journeyman cabinetmaker, Michel Roussel. Pierre Roussel settled in the Faubourg Saint-Antoine, in the rue de Charenton in a house with a shop at the sign of L'Image de Saint Pierre. During the 1760, his career prospered and he held various high offices within the guild. Between 1775 and 1780, he worked for the Prince de Condé. Most of the furniture was in tulipwood marquetry, bois satiné or amaranth, several with star-shaped veneer, others in mahogany. Many pieces were in lacquer, some in red lacquer, others in imitation lacquer or vernis moderne. There were also examples in geometric marquetry or parquetry (cube or mosaic) as well as floral motifs and landscapes.
Really good condition
Le Mobilier Français du XVIIIe siècle, Pierre Kjellberg, Les Éditions de l'Amateur - 2002. Les Roussel, Une dynastie d'ébénistes au XVIIIe siècle, François Quéré, Éditions Faton - 2012. French Furniture Makers, Alexandre Pradère, Société Nouvelle des Editions du Chêne - 1989.
Provenance, former Lebaudy collection. Descendants of a great dynasty of industrialists and financiers, with important fortune mainly due to the refining of sugar, Pierre Lebaudy (1865 - 1929) and his brother Paul (1858 - 1937) were also great collectors and patrons. Paul married Virginie Adélaïde Désirée Hersent for the first time and Marie-Pauline Adolphine Clotilde Murat, daughter of Count Joachim Murat for the second time. From his second wife Jean was born, who was to marry Henriette de Ganay. Pierre was married to Marguerite Luzarche d'Azay. In 1889, Paul inherited the castle of Rosny, former residence of the Béthune Sully, then the Duchess of Berry. He devoted himself to the restoration of the estate and had the gardens redrawn by the famous landscape gardener Achille Duchêne. Paul kept his collections in a private mansion, now destroyed, at 15 avenue Foch, and Pierre had built a sumptuous hotel, at the corner of rue François 1er and 40 avenue Georges V, to exhibit his furniture and objets d'art. It is from this hotel that the famous woodwork of the Hôtel de Luynes was bequeathed by Madame Lebaudy to the Louvre Museum.