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Small writing desk (bonheur-du-jour)

Maker: Martin Carlin (French, near Freiburg im Breisgau ca. 1730–1785 Paris)
Factory: Porcelain plaques by Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present)
Decorator: Decorated by Denis Levé (active 1754–93, 1795–1805)
Date: ca. 1768
Culture: French, Paris and Sèvres
Medium: Oak veneered with tulipwood, amaranth, and stained sycamore; mahogany; seventeen soft-paste porcelain plaques; gilt-bronze mounts; velvet (not original)
Dimensions: 32 1/2 x 25 7/8 x 16 in. (82.5 x 65.7 x 40.6 cm)
Classification: Woodwork-Furniture
Credit Line: Gift of Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1958
Accession Number: 58.75.48

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