Drop-front writing desk

Philippe-Claude Montigny (1734-1800), master in 1766
Paris, c. 1766-1770
Oak, veneer of tulipwood and amaranth, gilt bronze, Rouge Royal marble
Purchase, 1985

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The gilt bronze relief of Danae on the flap of this desk was borrowed from Charles Cressent; the other bronze mounts are in the style of André-Charles Boulle. They testify to the revival of early eighteenth-century models.