Drop-front desk

Stamped by Jean-François Leleu, master in 1764
ca. 1770-1780
Oak veneered with amaranth, sycamore, ebony, barberry, maple burl, boxwood, kingwood, tulipwood, holly, chased gilt bronze; white marble top
Inv. CAM 584

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The desk has rounded fluted uprights and toupie legs. A flap in the upper part opens to reveal four drawers and two compartments; two doors in the lower part conceal four drawers. It is decorated with marquetry featuring flowers in a mosaic of hexagons called “marqueterie à la reine.” The apron is decorated with a bronze frieze of interlacing rosettes and daisies.