Oeben Jean Francois - (Furniture Cabinetmaker France)

Oeben, Jean Francois - (Furniture, Cabinetmaker, France) (?-1763)One of the greatest of French cabinet-makers who made furniture for Louis XV; particularly esteemed are his superbly made bureau, elaborately fitted with secret drawers and locking devices. Oeben is said to have died a bankrupt (a small marquetry table of his sold at Christie's in 1958 for 34,000 guineas), but his widow continued the business, which thrived when she married his former assistant, Riesener.

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