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Louis XV secrétaire to use seated or standing

Rare Louis XV secrétaire made to be used either standing or seated signed Pierre Roussel. The unusual desk, finished à quatre faces (on all four sides), has a slanted leather covered writing surface in front of a horizontal rectangular panel at the top. The hinged writing surface lifts to reveal a bois satiné veneered compartment with one drawer and a mock drawer; the mock drawer concealing a small hinged drawer that pulls out from the side for the writing implements necessary when standing. The second level has a pull-out writing surface for seated use with a side drawer containing space for the writing tools. The third level is a stretcher shelf. The desk rests on four graceful cabriole legs with sabots.


There is a similar desk in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.


Top horizontal panel: Length – 32 ¼" (81.9 cm.) Width – 6 ½" (16.5 cm.)


Height (ins.): 47 (119.4 cm.)      Length/Width (ins.): 32.5 (82.6 cm.)      Depth (ins.): 19.75 (50.2 cm.)
Origin: France, circa 1760     Period: Louis XV



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