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.


  • Title: Writing table (bureau plat)
  • Creator: Jean-Henri Riesener
  • Date Created: ca. 1780
  • Rights: © MAD, Paris / photo: Jean Tholance
  • Medium: Jean-Henri Riesener

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