Drop-front desk (secrétaire à abattant or secrétaire en cabinet)

Maker: Martin Carlin (French, near Freiburg im Breisgau ca. 1730–1785 Paris)
Factory: Porcelain plaques by Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present)
Decorator: Oval front plaques decorated by Nicolas Bulidon (French, active 1763–92)
Decorator: Oval side plaques decorated by Marie-Claude Sophie Xhrouuet (active 1775–88)
Decorator: Six plaques decorated by Guillaume Noël (French, active 1755–1807)
Decorator: Two plaques decorated by Jacques-François Micaud (French, active 1757–1810)
Date: ca. 1773
Culture: French, Paris and Sèvres
Medium: Oak veneered with tulipwood, amaranth, holly, and ebonized holly; ten soft-paste porcelain plaques; gilt-bronze mounts; marble; velvet (not original)
Dimensions: Overall: 47 × 31 3/4 × 16 3/8 in. (119.4 × 80.6 × 41.6 cm)
Classification: Woodwork-Furniture
Credit Line: Gift of Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1958
Accession Number: 58.75.44

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