Jacques Dubois

Dates1694 - 1763, master 1742

Jacques Dubois, a descendant of a family of French ébénistes, probably learned the craft in the workshop of his half-brother, Nöel Gérard, an important cabinetmaker and dealer of the 1720s and 1730s. Dubois did not become a master until relatively late in his career, at the age of forty-eight. The inventory made after his death reveals a large workshop with a varied range of production including secrétaires, writing desks, pedestals, and clocks, decorated with floral marquetry or with Chinese or Japanese lacquer. While Dubois did not provide furniture for the French court, he did produce pieces for royalty such as Madame Elisabeth, Louis XV's daughter who married the Duke of Parma.