The eye of the collector by Jean-luc Ferrand

J-F OEBEN (1721-1763)

Friday 18 December 2015, by Barbara Cogollos

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This small office says "Lady" is a production of the nineteenth century following the historicist current. This current, which flourished during the nineteenth, reproductions of period furniture, precious and complex (including Louis XVI and Louis XV), allowed the rediscovery of forgotten techniques.

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73,5cm (hauteur) x 67,5cm (largeur) x 38cm (profondeur)

This precious little office is directly inspired by the work of Jean François OEBEN. Born in October 1721 and died in Paris in 1763 Jean François OEBEN is one of the most famous French cabinet makers.

Originated in Germany, Jean François OEBEN product throughout his life high quality furniture, first in a heavy style (German influence) and more airy. He provides the greatest personalities of the kingdom, as well as numerous foreign courts, his reputation is considerable.
He began as an apprentice in the workshop of Joseph Charles Boulle (son of the famous cabinetmaker André Charles Boulle). At the death of C. J. Boulle in 1754, OEBEN occupies his own workshop and the title of cabinetmaker of the King at the Gobelins. He quickly benefits from the protection of Madame de Pompadour through the merchant Lazarus DUVAUX. With time, his heavy style gives way to an unprecedented lightness, subtle curves, graceful twinges and especially an excellent mastery of marquetry. OEBEN quickly became famous for his inlay bouquets that dazzle the greatest courts of Europe. Jean François OEBEN was also specialized in the manufacture of mechanical furniture (called "secret") extremely complex. Prompted by ingenious mechanisms, tables opened to discover secret writing desks, offices revealing drawers or hidden boxes.

Jean François OEBEN receives in 1760 the most important command in his career, the office of King Louis XV, this work will require nine years of work and will be finished by RIESENER, another famous cabinetmaker and student of OEBEN.

There are only few OEBEN signed furniture, signature or stamp is not yet the norm in the first half of the eighteenth century (mandatory from 1743).

After his death, his student RIESENER resumed his workshop before opening his own. To note that one of the daughters of Jean François OEBEN is the mother of Eugene Delacroix. The small office that we offer, although belonging to the production of the nineteenth, is very close to OEBEN work. The finesse of the marquetry, the floral pattern are totally in the spirit of this great cabinetmaker. In addition, the fineness of the form, the slenderness of the feet, the graceful curve of the waistband strongly recalls the work of OEBEN. The cabinetmaker who performed this office is openly inspired by this great artist’s work.

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