Glaring differences are suspect, and a signal that this particular piece might not be what it seems.
Menuiserie or Ebenisterie Type of Decoration: Movable or Immovable Techniques of Decoration in Wood French Furniture-Makers (Menuisiers/Ebenistes) - Andre-Charles Boulle (1642-1732) - Charles Cressent (1685-1768) - Antoine-Robert Gaudreau (1680-1746) - Bernard Van Ryssen Burgh - Lacquer Decoration - J. Oeben (1720-63) - Jean-Henri Riesener (1734-1806) - David Roentgen (1743-1807) - Adam Weisweiler (1750-1810) - Jean-Guillaume Benemann (1750-1814) - Roger Vandercruse Lacroix (17281799) - Gilles Joubert (1689-1775) - Jean-Francois Leleu (1729-1807) - Martin Carlin (1730-85) - Georges I Jacob (1739-1814) Furniture Marks and Stamps Influences on French Furniture Design Main Types of Antique French Furniture Cabinet Cupboards (Armoires) Tables Writing Tables (Bureaux) Vitrines Screens Types of Wood Used in Furniture Beds Canape Chairs Mirrors In any review of French decorative art, furniture must inevitably play a major part, and in this article we examine briefly the development of furniture as a major artform in France, during the 17th and 18th centuries.
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Craftsmen who specialized in this work became known as menuisiers en ebene, later shortened to ebenistes, and since veneering was almost invariably done on case-furniture of one kind or another the ebeniste was necessarily also a cabinet-maker.
Examine any locks and look for file marks or any signs of irregularity, which would indicate something that was handmade and therefore probably older.
Check out the condition of the finish on the exterior as well as the drawers.
The menuisier proper continued to be responsible for seat-furniture, table-supports, such furniture as buffets (a kind of cupboard) and armoires (wardrobes) of solid wood, the decorative carved panelling for walls (boiseries), door-cases and overdoor mouldings, and window-cases and shutters.
In this he was assisted by wood-carvers, and by painters, varnishers, and gilders.