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Date: 1720-1732
31 x 70 1/2 x 33 in. (78.7 x 179.1 x 83.8 cm.)
Medium: solid oak, fir, and beech carcase veneered with purplewood; bronze mounts; modern leather top
Credit Line: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Marks: An "M" is stamped on one of the mounts.
Inscription: A typed paper label in proper left drawer: From the Collection of the / Comte de la Riboisière / Paris. An "M" is stamped on one of the mounts.
Object Number: 11.27
Label Text: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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