France, Paris, stamped Jean Georges Schlichtig, around 1765.
Oak body, rosewood, veneered with various precious woods, partly with floral markings. Signed and stamped on the end-grain.
The German ebonyist J.G. Schlichtig (1726-1782) became a master in 1765. He settled in Paris around 1760 and also worked for the French court, as indicated by the monogram of Queen Marie-Antoinette in the marquetry of a chest of drawers now in the Musée du Louvre. His surviving works show the transition from Louis XV style taste to the Louis XVI era. This secretary is still very conventionally made in the Louis XV taste and shows Schlichtig‘s sure hand for elegant furniture of his time.
The original marble top has been preserved.
Height 144,5 cm, width 99,5 cm, depth 39,5 cm.