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Jean-Francois Leleu was a master ebeniste (furniture-maker) of the 18th Century, who counted Madame du Barry, an official mistress of King Louis XV, amongst his clients.
Leleu trained in Paris alongside the famous Jean-Henri Riesener in the workshop of Jean-Francois Oeben (1721-1763). After Oeben’s death, Leleu took over the workshop and became master in 1764. He continued to produce furniture that was celebrated for its high quality and elegance, often featuring floral motifs and diamond parquetry inlays.