Writing table by Simon Oeben
This writing-table of spectacular architectural design and extremely rich bronze ornamentation evokes almost certainly a commission. The entire surface is veneered with tulipwood and kingwood. Of rectangular shape, it stands on four flared square legs ornamented on each face with a gilt-bronze chute de piastres and ending with sabots with a interlace frieze above ball feet decorated with leave-tips. Each leg is surmounted by a connecting dé with foliage.
This tables is fitted with a sliding mechanism to access a shallow compartment hidden under the writing surface of the table. To access the compartment a metal latch is hidden in the central drawer, when pulled this releases the central part of the top of the desk. This compartment is called a ‘Serre-papier’ and is used for keeping documents. The inside of the compartment is lacquered in a deep red.