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: Jean-Jacques Pierre the Younger (French, active 1763–1800)
Date: ca. 1774
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: Overall: 32 1/2 × 25 7/8 × 16 in. (82.6 × 65.7 × 40.6 cm)
Classification: Woodwork-Furniture
Credit Line: Gift of Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1958
Accession Number: 58.75.49

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