Georges de Lastic Saint-Jal. "Desportes." Connaissance des arts 107 (January 1961), p. 64, speculates that this picture might have been cut from a painting measuring eleven by nine pieds and described in Desportes's inventory.
Michel Faré. La nature morte en France. Geneva, 1962, vol. 1, pp. 209, 337 nn. 727, 731; vol. 2, pl. 322, as in the Helft collection, Paris, and dated 1726.
Yves Bottineau in French Master Goldsmiths and Silversmiths from the Seventeenth to the Nineteenth Century. New York, 1966, p. 47, ill. [French ed., "Les grands orfèvres de Louis XIII à Charles X", Hachette, 1965, p. 47].
Nora Street. Unpublished manuscript. [ca. 1969], compares this picture to two other buffets dated 1727 and 1740; notes a drawing by him at Sèvres representing a buffet; rejects de Lastic Saint-Jal's speculation that it was cut down from the unfinished work mentioned above and considers it likely to have been executed for a private patron; points out that the style of the vermeil suggests a date in the second half of the 1720s.
Michel Faré and Fabrice Faré. La vie silencieuse en France: La nature morte au XVIIIe siècle. Fribourg, Switzerland, 1976, pp. 81–82, fig. 123.
Alain Gruber. L'Argenterie de maison du XVIe au XIXe siècle. Fribourg, Switzerland, 1982, p. 18, fig. 9, dates it about 1720.
Eleanor Tufts. Luis Meléndez: Eighteenth-Century Master of the Spanish Still Life: With a Catalogue Raisonné. Columbia, Mo., 1985, pp. 46–47, ill.
John Whitehead. The French Interior in the Eighteenth Century. London, 1992, pp. 222–23, ill. (color), dates it about 1730.
Hannah Obee. "The Golden Age Returns." Apollo 167–68 (June 2008), ill. p. 61 (color).
Wolfram Koeppe in Art of the Royal Court: Treasures in Pietre Dure from the Palaces of Europe. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2008, pp. 278–79, no. 101, ill. (color).
Georges de Lastic and Pierre Jacky. Desportes. Saint-Rémy-en-l'Eau, 2010, vol. 1, pp. 224, 226, ill. p. 223 (color); vol. 2, pp. 196, 198, no. P 718, ill. (color), date it about 1726–30.