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.)