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Writing table

Date: ca. 1765 with mid 19th Century alterations
32 5/8 x 63 3/4 x 32 in. (82.9 x 161.9 x 81.3 cm.)
Medium: oak and fir or pine carcase veneered with tulipwood; porcelain plaques; gilt-bronze mounts; iron and brass hardware; modern leather top
Credit Line: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. The Arabella D. Huntington Memorial Art Collection.
Marks: Marks on the woodwork: Stamped on both the right and left sides of the underside of the top: JOSEPH, with a fleur-de-lys at either end. A typewritten paper label inside the proper left drawer: "27764 / An old French 18th century. Writing / Table. Inlaid with 28 old Sevres Plaques / decorated with flowers on white ground / and turquoise blue borders. Finely / chased ormolu mounts. Signed "Joseph."/ Louis XV period (1714-1774)." Duveen label: 27764. Marks on the twenty-eight porcelain plaques: Seven of the eleven plaques removed for examination were signed on the reverse in black ink: Max.
Object Number: 27.137