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FRANCOIS II POTAIN

WRITING TABLE for the pavillions of Marly
by François II Potain, 1729

 

Author : François II Potain (1688- 1770)

Size : Height : 26.18 Inches, witdh : 22.04 Inches, depth : 16.54 Inches

Other view :


This writing table made of walnut wood is part of an order of eight tables for the Pavillions of Marly, desciption from the inventory :
June 17 1729
N° 975

Eight writing tables in solid walnut wood, with one draw and the four legs with a slightly bent shape delivered to the Pavillions of marly by mr Potain joiner.
Inside the draw a writing proof can be found , this tables is from royal origin and is part of the inventor of Marly,it is identical by it's description and measurements to the eight tables order.

These tables were placed in the bedrooms of the Pavillions of Marly, near the commodes made also from walnut wood and marble, delivered by Antoine - Robert Gaudreaus on june 17 1729 .
The bedrooms were situated on various floors and this particular table must have been in one of them before the order was given to sell the furniture of the château de Marly in 1793.

François II Potain and father made furniture for the King under the order of Antoine-Robert Gaudreaus they made for the King bedroom in Compiègne twowardrobes and an oak table.

Antoine-Robert gaudreaus was overwhelmed by the orders so he hired François I potain & françois II Potain to help him, giving them the drawings and instructions.

From 1726 till 1746 lots a pieces of furniture made from walnut wood were delivered to the king, and this particular writing table is unique because it is the result of collaboration between gaudreaus and François II Potain.

It is also the oldest piece of furniture dated of royal origin Louis XV ever found, and it witnesses the amazing work of a joiner long forgotten.

Biography
François I Potain ( father)
François II Potain (1688 - around 1770)

François I Potain He was a joiner in paris in the neighborhood of Bonne-Nouvelle at the time he worked for the King and made quite a few pieces for the castle of Versailles, in october 1715 made for the apartment of Mme Desmarests in Versailles 6 double window frames, and 12 double screen frames that he delivered to the manufacture of the Gobelins.

Around 1728 François I Potain & François II Potain worked under the direction of Antoine - Robert Gaudreaus who was the main furniture contractor for the King since 1726.

This writing table received an exit authorisation of the territories by the management of the French Museum.

Bibliography
Comptes des bâtiments du Roi sous le règne de Louis XIV publiés Par M. Jules Guiffrey membre du comité.
Tome cinquième 1706 - 1715.
Paris - imprimerie National 1901.

Pierre Verlet
Le mobilier royal français
Edition Picard Paris - 1990

Archives Nationales
01-3310 Journal du Garde Meuble de la Couronne 1721-1729

01-3336 Inventaire Général des Meubles de la Couronne - 1729

01-3344 Inventaire Général des Meubles de la Couronne - 1775

01-3402 Inventaire des Meubles du Château de Marly - 1765

01-3403 Estimation des Meubles du Château de Marly - 1788


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