CLIENTS AND DEALERS

Virtually no information can be gleaned about Dubois’ clientele from the records. We only know that he did not supply the royal family. The only piece that can be identified precisely is the celebrated encoignure in the I Paul Getty Museum. We now know that it was made in about 1745 after a drawing executed twenty years earlier by Nicolas Pineau. and supplied in 1753 to Count Branicki in Warsaw. The discovery of the date 1744 on the inside of the clock face has solved all the problems of dating this piece. Nicolas Pineau was in Russia between 1716 and 1727 and it is known that on his return to France he maintained relations with his Russian clientele up until about 1740. There is no doubt that he ordered the piece from Dubois.

The presence at Genoa in the Royal Palace of a commode by Dubois, originally from Colorno. is

proof that, together with Latz, he was one of the suppliers to Madame Infante, daughter of Louis XV. between the years 1750 and 1753.

Dubois essentially produced luxury furniture, mainly secretaires and bureaux in Chinese or Japanese lacquer, costly pieces probably destined for the mar – chands-merciers. The only dealer’s name connected with Dubois is that of Bertin (whose label appears on a bureau formerly in the Cartier Collection), and the marchand-ebeniste Migeon: his stamp is found next to that of Dubois on several pieces of furniture includ­ing the bureau plat known as ‘de Vergennes’ in the Louvre (158] and the commodes shown at 1146].

11491 Bureau plat stamped Chateau du Ramey: the twisted

Dubois, in Japanese lacquer; design of the corner-mounts is

confiscated at the Rewlution typical of Dubois. (Musee du

from the Due d’Orleans at the Ixtuvre, ParisI

f 1501 Tulipuood commode stamped Dubois. (Formerly in the Cartier Collection, sale Sotheby’s Monaco, 25 November 1979, lot 164)

1152J Commode in bois saline with wave pattern, stamped Dubois, с. 1750. (Waddesdon Manor, liuckinghamshireI

1151 ] Engraving by Mariette after a drawing by Pineau of a state bedroom, featuring the encoignure shown at (153J. Mariette abandoned his print – publishing business in 1734; the plate can thus be dated to c. і 730, more than ten years before the piece was made