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François-Gaspard Teuné - Roll-Top Desk Depicting the Chateau of Saint Maur - Walters 6588

François-Gaspard Teuné - Roll-Top Desk Depicting the Chateau of Saint Maur - Walters 6588

 
 
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This form of desk with its counter-weighted receding top became fashionable in 1760, when a similar desk was commissioned for Louis XV. This example is attributed to Teuné, a specialist in such desks who became a master "ébéniste" (cabinetmaker) in 1766.
Portrayed in the marquetry of the top is a perspective of the Château de Saint Maur, a residence of the prince of Condé. The château, situated in what is now St. Maur-les-Fosses, was demolished during the French Revolution.

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1770
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