Writing table (bureau plat)

Stamped by Jean-Henri Riesener, Master in 1768
ca. 1780
Oak veneered with bird’s eye mahogany; chased gilt bronze; green morocco leather top
Inv. CAM 4
© MAD, Paris / photo: Jean Tholance

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This writing table – a rare example of a functional furniture item from the Ancien Régime – is characteristic of the understated, elegant style developed by Jean-Henri Riesener from 1780 onward. It stands on four tapered legs and has three drawers in the apron with trefoil-shaped keyholes – signs of high quality furniture.

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