DUBOIS’STYLE

Although Dubois’ production is large and very di­verse. certain elements of the marquetry and mounts are repeated. As with В. V. R. B., Joseph and Lher – mite, Dubois made marquetry in bois de bout with flowers in kingwood on a bois satine ground and the designs of his marquetry are very distinctive. They are graceful, with long attenuated flowers and leaves sparingly placed on the panels. His commodes were only lightly bombe, the aprons with a pointed design. The mounts were designed in the most exuberant rococo style with flower sprays and contrapuntal curved mouldings. Certain motifs would seem par­ticular to Dubois, such as the twisted corner-mounts which are found on most of the bureaux plats, as well as the frames on lacquer commodes. The design of the bureaux plats follows a particular rhythm, the drawers being separated by strong curves. The corners of the feet on certain pieces are often pro­tected by a gilt-bronze sleeve sprinkled with florets.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

St£phanc Boiron: master’s thesis for the Ecole du Louvre on Jacques Dubois. 1989

Andre Boutemy: Meubles frangais anonymes du XVIlle siecle, pp. 45-56, 116-17 and 122-26 Pierre Kjellberg: ‘Jacques Dubois’. Connaisance des Arts. December 1979

Chiara Briganti: ‘L’Ameublement de Madame Infante <k Parme’. Connaissance des Arts. July 1965, pp. 48-59 Gillian Wilson: The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal, vol. 8. 1980. pp. 1-3

(159J Commode stamped D. F., the mounts struck with crowned С (1745-49), in French vemis imitating Chinese lacquer. (Formerly in the Duchesse de Richelieu Collection; sale Sotheby’s New York, 13 October 1983, lot 497)