Denizot Side Table
18th-century side table signed by French artist, Pierre Denizot. Both the base and legs of the table are crafted from oak, with the top displaying an intricate rosewood pattern. Covering the entirety of the table is a French polish. According to "the cabinetmakers of the eighteenth century by François de Salverte" Pierre Denizot was a cabinetmaker of the Comte d'Artois, born around 1715, died in Paris on May 28, 1782. Son of Jacques Denizot (1684–1760), he gained the master's degree on August 1, 1740, but did not request the recording of his letters until twenty years later, having undoubtedly continued to collaborate with his father until then. He then ran a cabinetmaking business in rue Neuve-Saint-Roch, ranked among the first manufacturers in the capital, was juror-accountant of his corporation from 1764 to 1766, and in 1776 became official supplier to the Comte d'Artois, whose he retained the favor for the rest of his life. His works for the prince included all kinds of ordinary and luxury works, among which were beautiful chests of drawers richly decorated with bronzes. In 1777, he delivered six such pieces to the priory palace of the Temple. The following year, he executed several for the salon and the vestibule of the Bagatelle pavilion. Shortly after, he built a large chest of drawers, in solid mahogany, intended for the service of the young Duke of Angoulême. Among his other supplies, one notices a curious painted wood cabinet, bearing gilded brass of ground gold, for the palace of the Temple; a cavagnole table, six feet in diameter, for the castle of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, and "round maids in lanterns rotating on their pivot" for the dining room of the Houses. Denizot was also employed by the Count of Provence: he was working on four chests of drawers that Monsieur had requested from him, when death surprised him in full activity. An auction of his goods took place at the end of the year 1782. In his estate were jewels, works of art, attesting that he had acquired a great ease. He also had history and theater books.
At this time in Paris, the public execution of highwayman Louis Dominique Cartouche (1693–1721) took place on November 28, 1721. The bandit was famed for robbing the rich and giving to the poor in the streets of Paris. He quickly became a Parisian folk hero after a play was written about him by the Comédie-Italienne and performed the year of his death. Cartouche was further immortalised in ballads and popular prints, with his likeness even being used in the 1962 slapstick comedy film Cartouche.