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

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 (active 1763–92)
Decorator:
Oval side plaques decorated by Marie-Claude Sophie Xhrouuet (active 1775–88)
Decorator:
Six plaques decorated by Guillaume Noël (active 1755–1807)
Decorator:
Two plaques decorated by Jacques-François Micaud (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:
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
202152:2

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