Walnut, with various native woods

Probably Mannheim, surroundings Jakob Kieser, around 1775

This representative piece of furniture, derived in form from the Parisian 'bureau en pente', demonstrates with the greatest refinement the skills of the cabinetmaker. The intricately cambered furniture is largely crafted in walnut and veneered with the finest marquetry executed in many native woods. The center of the cover is decorated with a beautiful rococo cartouche with a bird in richly grained walnut. The writing furniture has several intricate mechanisms: for example, behind the cover is a sliding compartment that locks on two sides in a hard-to-find location, providing access for three carefully concealed drawers. The bottom right drawer houses a safe, which is again difficult to access.

Stylized lilies appear repeatedly in the marquetry; they even decorate the corners of the inner surface of the writing cover upholstered with oilcloth. Perhaps these heraldic lilies refer to the orderer of the furniture: richly executed writing cabinets were the furniture most identified with the ordering person at all in the 18th century.

Height: 100 cm, width: 118 cm, depth: 60 cm



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