Elegant Louis XVI Bureau plat, France, late 18th century

PAPERWORK can be quite tedious; but when done in a pleasant atmosphere sitting at a beautiful and not only practical writing desk like our newly arrived elegant French Neoclassical Louis XVI bureau plat, it can turn into a pleasure:

the bureau’s oak carcase veneered with mahogany stands on slender fluted legs and holds three frieze drawers, one with a hidden safe compartment, as well as candle slides on each side. The top is set with a beautifully aged green leather writing surface and accentuated by projecting round forecorners. The drawers oppose dummy drawers which makes it possible to place this elegant, beautifully proportioned writing desk in the center of a room.

Its clear geometric design executed in mahogany and excellently chiselled and gilt bronze can be compared to the works of the Paris cabinet maker Charles Bernard Provost (1706-1786, master 1737), who, during his long working career, which lasted over 40 years, produced a large number of excellently executed pieces of all the major French historical furniture styles of the 18th century ranging from Régence to Louis XVI.

Elegant Louis XVI Neoclassical Mahogany Bureau plat or Writing Desk