At the height of his popularity c.1870, German-born Parisian furniture maker Charles-Guillaume Diehl (1811-85) employed more than 600 workers.
His wares were luxurious and popular with French buyers. According to one contemporaneous source, Diehl produced anything from the “2 franc pin box to the big piece of furniture costing 70,000 francs”.
A 19th century French satinwood and mahogany sewing table signed by Diehl has recently come on the market from a private collection. Offered in good condition with minor restoration to the top and some fading, it features a hinged lid with a mirror. There is a birdseye maple lined fitted interior and a drawer raised on faceted tapering supports.
It is priced at £3040 and is part of the ‘PBS Collection’ of London, which trades on Etsy and 1stDibs as AntiquesInvest. The firm is planning to launch its own site soon.