Mechanical desk

Stamped by Roger Vandercruse, known as Lacroix, Master in 1755
ca. 1760
Oak and walnut veneered with satinwood, amaranth, tulipwood, holly, chased gilt bronze
Inv. CAM 345
© MAD, Paris / photo: Jean Tholance

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The front part of the table top folds down to form a writing desk. The apron contains a tier of three drawers at the back, opened by a mechanism. The marquetry decoration features “bottomless cubes.” One of the desk drawers is inscribed with the name of Simon Poirier, the marchand-mercier who sold these precious furniture pieces at the time.