Writing table (bureau plat)

Maker: Gilles Joubert (French, ca. 1689–1775)

Date: 1759

Culture: French, Paris

Medium: Lacquered oak, gilt-bronze mounts, lined with modern leather

Dimensions: H. 31-3/4 x W. 69-1/4 x D. 36 in. (80.6 x 175.9 x 91.4 cm)

Classification: Woodwork-Furniture

Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1973

Accession Number: 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.