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LADIES' WRITING TABLE (PETIT TABLE À ÉCRIRE)

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LADIES' WRITING TABLE (PETIT TABLE À ÉCRIRE)

Made by: Pierre Roussel

On view in: French Drawing Room


About this object

The table is rectangular with bombé sides standing on cabriole feet. The top and all the four sides are covered with pictorial marquetry. Panels of marquetry on the front drawer and sides feature naively rendered village scenes. At the top is a busy harbor scene with several popular types at work, among them a seller of melons, and a young boy with a donkey poking a hole at a women's basket. At sea there are several boats, a light house, and an island. The faces and some architectural details are done in ivory. The legs have strips of marquetry done imitating marble; these are mounted at the top with satyrs masks, and taper down to leafy sabots.The top slides back to reveal a drawer fitted with a writing pad of tooled leather and compartments to hold writing implements.

Category:
furniture
Object name:
LADIES' WRITING TABLE (PETIT TABLE À ÉCRIRE)
Made from:
Wood marquetry -- ormolu -- ivory -- mother of pearl
Made in:
FRANCE: Paris
Date made:
ca. 1770
Size:
73.7 × 76.8 × 43.2 cm (29 × 30 1/4 × 17 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
31.30
Class:
FURNITURE
Signature marks:
STAMP; LABEL Stamped on the underside of the skirt at the left: Roussel; label inside stated that table came from collection of Sir Francis Montefiore North Park Sussex
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973
Featured in publication:
"A Taste for Splendor: Russian Imperial and European Treasures from the Hillwood Museum","French Furniture from the Collection of Hillwood Museum & Gardens"