A bureau plat from around 1750 with a curved shape of both legs and frieze as the table top. The form is emphasizes by the gilt bronze fittings that not only highlight the curves, but also protects them.
The bureau has three drawers in the front fascia; the back shows three sham drawers. These drawers are conceived as fields in the frieze surrounded by wide bands of amaranth wood. The drawers are trimmed with a narrow band of rosewood, around the beautifully mirrored veneered rosewood fields. The sides show mirrored veneer rosewood fields within bands of amaranth. All fields are right at the top and curved at the bottom where they follow the line of the frieze. The fields are decorated with marquetry of floral branches from the center where they intersect, fanning out to the sides.
The ormolu fittings of this bureau consist of six handles for the drawers with a beautiful asymmetrical shape that is made up of volutes surrounded by flower sprigs. On each tray is also a key plate. Between the drawers and the apparent drawers are ormolu ornaments to emphasize the line of the arched fields. They are constructed from leafs and foam edges. Corner fitting consists of scrolls and acanthus leaf. To protect the curved legs a braided belt runs through to the elegant sabots that are partially exposed. The writing surface that has a slightly curved shape is surrounded by a profiled ormolu list with asymmetric corner fittings of scrolls, leaves and foam edges.
A bureau plat was intended to put in the middle of a room. The owner could work on one side; a guest could sit on the other side. Because the bureau was in the middle of the room, it was on all sides beautifully finished and decorated. This in contrast to the bureaus that were placed against the wall. They have no form of finishing at the back.
Attributed to: Pierre Roussel (1723-1782)