Oeben, born in Heinsberg near Aachen, was known for his naturalistic floral marquetry and for his skills as a mécanicien which are apparent in the elaborate mechanism of this table with its sliding top. He made a number of such sophisticated tables. This particular one, with the unusual pierced openings in the curving legs, was intended for Madame de Pompadour. The main charge of her coat of arms, a tower, appears at the top of the gilt-bronze mount at each corner. The table was left unfinished at the time of Oeben's death in 1761 and completed by his brother-in-law Roger Vandercruse known as Lacroix.
Signature: Stamped under rear rail: JF OEBEN
Stamped under left rail: RVL[C] JME
Possibly Mme de Pompadour ; Marquis of Tullibardine ; Mrs. Mary Gavin Baillie-Hamilton ; Lady Harvey ; [ Lewis and Simmons, Paris ] ; Judge Elbert H. Gary (until 1928; sale, American Art Association, New York, April 21, 1928, lot 271); [ Duveen Brothers , 1928 ] ; Martha Baird Rockefeller (until 1971; sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, October 23, 1971, lot 711; sold for $410,000 to Jack Linsky); Jack and Belle Linsky , New York (1971–82; to MMA)
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