Luxury Design, Past & Present
A Bureau Plat in the Louis XV Style
Constructed after a model by Charles Cressent, in purpleheart, and dressed with fine ormolu mounts, and marquetry inlaid; of freestanding serpentine rectangular form, rising from foliate sabot shod cabriole legs, terminating in ormolu 'espagnolettes'; ormolu Bacchic masks to the four sides, with an ormolu stiff leaf cast platform guard edge strip to the platform, with kingwood banding enclosing the inlaid foliate marquetry reserve; the writing surface having a tooled tan Morocco leather inset.
French, Circa 1880
Pierre Kjellberg's 'Le Mobilier Français du 18e Sieclé' shows a rectangular bureau plat by Cressent of very similar form, on pp227.