Commissioned 1784 by Marie Antoinette, queen of France [1755-1793], for her apartments in the palais des Tuileries, Paris. Possibly Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th marquess of Hertford [1800-1870], Paris and London; Mme Oger de Bréart [née Louise Suzanne de Bréart, d. 1886], Paris; (her sale, at her residence, Paris, 17-22 May 1886, no. 444, possibly bought in). Alfred Louis Leboeuf de Montgermont [1841-1918], Paris; (his estate sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 16-19 June 1919, 4th day, no. 380); (Jacques Seligmann & Fils, Paris and New York); sold 1 February 1923 to Joseph E. Widener, Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; inheritance from Estate of Peter A.B. Widener by gift through power of appointment of Joseph E. Widener, after purchase by funds of the estate; gift 1942 to NGA.
- Works of Art from the Widener Collection. Foreword by David Finley and John Walker. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942: 18, as Louis XVI (attributed to Jean-Henri Riesener).
- Verlet, Pierre. French Royal Furniture: An Historical Survey Followed by a Study of Forty Pieces Preserved in Great Britain and the United States. Translated by Michael Bullock. London, 1963: 3:150-151, pl. 25.