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Desk (bonheur du jour)

Maker:
Attributed to Martin Carlin (French, near Freiburg im Breisgau ca. 1730–1785 Paris)
Factory:
Porcelain plaques by Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present)
Decorator:
Plaques decorated by Jean-Jacques Pierre the Younger (French, active 1763–1800)
Decorator:
and Guillaume Noël (French, active 1755–1807)
Decorator:
and Denis Levé (French, active 1754–93, 1795–1805)
Date:
ca. 1769
Culture:
French, Sèvres
Medium:
Oak, mahogany, tulipwood, sycamore, ebony, box and harewood, gilt-bronze mounts, soft-paste porcelain
Dimensions:
Overall: 32 1/4 × 26 1/4 × 15 3/4 in. (81.9 × 66.7 × 40 cm)
Classification:
Woodwork-Furniture
Credit Line:
The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.60.54
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 539
Inscription: 19th century paper label affixed to underside with ink inscription: EARL SPENCER

Marking: Painted in blue enamel on reverse of 16 plaques: [1] Crossed L's enclosing q (factory mark and date letter for 1769)

Painted on reverse of plaques 1, 3, 10: [2] Po (decorator's mark for Pierre, le jeune)

Painted on reverse of plaques 2, 9, 11: [3] decorator's mark for Noël)

Painted on reverse of plaques 12-15 and 17: [4] script L. (decorator's mark of Levé)

Painted on reverse of plaque 16: [5] C (unidentified)

Painted on reverse of 12 plaques: [6] D (unidentified)
Fifth Earl of Spencer (by 1862) ; William Astor ; 3rd Viscount Astor (until 1967; sale, Christie's, London, June 29, 1967, lot 95; to Linsky); Jack and Belle Linsky (1967–82; to MMA)
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