The desk has rounded fluted uprights and toupie legs. A flap in the upper part opens to reveal four drawers and two compartments; two doors in the lower part conceal four drawers. It is decorated with marquetry featuring flowers in a mosaic of hexagons called “marqueterie à la reine.” The apron is decorated with a bronze frieze of interlacing rosettes and daisies.


  • Title: Drop-front desk
  • Creator: Jean-François Leleu
  • Date Created: ca. 1770-1780
  • Rights: © MAD, Paris
  • Medium: Oak veneered with amaranth, sycamore, ebony, barberry, maple burl, boxwood, kingwood, tulipwood, holly, chased gilt bronze; white marble top

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