French Rococo Louis XV style kingwood bureau plat. Serpentine shape gilt top surface with gilt banding outlining, gilt-tooled brown leather-lined leather writing surface; three horizontal frieze drawers in apron with foliate bronze trim, the reverse with three simulated drawers of conforming design; supported on slight cabriole legs mounted with foliate bronze trim at the knee continuing to chutes terminating with foliate cast sabots.
Rococo design dominated interiors and furniture during Louis XV’s reign in the 18th century; sensuous organic curves and elaborate ornamentation with an aura of luxury and elegance, while being intimate and comfortable at the same time. Art and design was influenced greatly by the king's chief mistress Madame Pompadour, she a patron of the arts and was behind the funding of the porcelain company Sévres. This glamorous design has an exuberant style and adds contrasting highlights to modern and contemporary interior settings.
During the early 1600's most paperwork was done on a portable writing table, a storage box with a hinged slanted surface used for writing. Literacy spread and became more valuable. Furniture makers designed a desk to make the master of the home a comfortable place to work and write letters, a flat writing surface with drawers for storage and a kneehole for a chair. In the mid 18th & 19th century the French Louis XV & XVI bureau plat, a flat top desk with three horizontal drawers in the apron, was adorned in the libraries of chateaus across France, they were a status of symbol for aristocracy. Smaller writing table were intended for the lady of the house.
Place of Origin: France
Dimensions: (29.5 in.Hx51 in.Wx29.5 in.D)
Condition: Excellent Antique Condition
Wear: Wear consistent with age