Elegance with hidden delight
The scarlet lacquer bureau is decorated in gilt and subdued polychrome colours with flowers and foliage, with thin gilded bands following the contours of the piece. The fall front, which has a simple scroll escutcheon, opens to reveal a tooled green leather writing surface stamped with a Chinaman in the centre.
The marquetry interior is inlaid with flowers and foliage on a diagonal ground and it contains an upper shelf with a central pigeonhole and two blue silk lined drawers below, one of which contains two silver ink pots made in Paris in 1739 by Antoine Jossey, with the charge mark of Louis Robin. The central well is divided into two compartments with two slides, one of which recedes and the other which slides across sideways. On cabriole legs with foliate foot mounts.
With an inventory number 50 painted in black on the underside and stamped twice on the underside.