Gilles Joubert (French, ca. 1689–1775)
Red and gold japanning on oak, gilt-bronze mounts, leather top
H. 31 3/4 x W. 69 1/4 x D. 36 in. (80.6 x 175.9 x 91.4 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1973 (1973.315.1)
This writing table was delivered by Gilles Joubert on December 29, 1759 to the cabinet intérieur of King Louis XV at Versailles. This room, which served as a study, was part of the king's private apartment at the palace. The desk is veneered with European japanning, a varnish made in imitation of Asian and, in this case, Chinese red and gold lacquer.