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Filing Cabinet

Date: 1720-1732
Dimensions:
16 x 31 3/16 x 10 3/16 in. (40.6 x 79.2 x 25.9 cm.)
Medium: solid oak; purplewood veneer, bronze mounts; boxes of modern papier mache (carton), paper, and leather hide.
Credit Line: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Inscription: Typed paper label in proper left drawer, "From the Collection of the Comte de la Riboiserie Paris".
Object Number: 11.47
Label Text:Although many 18th-century desks survive, their filing systems usually do not, which has often led to a focus on their decorative, rather than utilitarian, nature. In the 18th century, the bureau plat was a highly functional piece, made to facilitate clerical tasks. Its form had developed alongside a growing culture of bureaucracy that took shape as early as the 16th century, when the French crown established a network of offices to administer its domestic policies.
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