Parchment over walnut carcase, shelves in rosewood
113 x 120 x 38.5 cm
French Private Collection
This extremely elegant cupboard has so far failed to find a secure authorship. It has commonly been attributed to Jacques Adnet, one of the most famous cabinet-makers of pre-war Paris who extensively used very pure geometric forms in his designs, and who was also very keen with covering his pieces of furniture with costly materials, such as goatskin parchment or shagreen.
It has also been proposed, based on the evident comparison with Jean-Michel Frank’s similar type of furniture, also covered in similar materials, that our cabinet may be the production of Adolphe Chanaux, who was Frank’s cabinet-maker, their pieces often bearing both signatures or stamps.
In fact, Chanaux was working independently, offering his skills to different interior designers and retail shops. He was, for example, providing the Grand Magasin “la Samaritaine”, who would later resell them under their own branding.