Resting on four arched legs and opening on the front by two long drawers. The first drawer contains a place to store the writing kit.
Rosewood and amaranth veneer on an oak frame. Marquetry with geometric decoration composed of boxwood and tinted maple fillets, with a beautiful crimping decoration.
Original gilded and chiseled bronzes decorated with foliage adorning the hooves, offcuts, handles and keyholes.
Period top in white and red veined gray marble, known as Bois Jourdan marble. Bois Jourdan marble is known worldwide for its great decorative and chromatic qualities. This marble is present in many French architectural achievements such as the Trianon or the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Montmartre.
Work from the second half of the 18th century (late Louis XV style, around 1765-1770).
In oak, rosewood and amaranth.
Tiny chips of the veneer in the lower part of the first drawer; wear to the gilding of the bronzes. Functional locks fitted with a recent key.
Height: 86 cm.
Width: 82.5 cm.
Depth: 42.5 cm.
Jean-Georges Schlichtig (? -1782):
Cabinetmaker of German origin, Jean-Georges Schlichtig obtained his master's degree on October 2, 1765 in Paris and settled in rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, then rue Saint-Nicolas. Most of its production dates from the transitional period between the Louis XV and Louis XVI styles. His talent for marquetry set him apart from other fine cabinet makers. He worked for the royal family, including Queen Marie-Antoinette. His classic furniture - mainly Transition and Louis XVI - was in rosewood veneer usually framed in violet or amaranth wood. Some works, worked more meticulously, had a decoration in marquetry representing wreaths of flowers or trophies. If Schlichtig had a real predilection for chests of drawers whose proportions he knew how to handle with ease, we also find in his production secretaries, small tables, dressing tables and other customary furniture. Overall, the work of this skillful cabinetmaker often remains original and of high quality with classic marquetry (butterfly wings, chevrons or rosette), meticulous and neat. After his death in February 1782, his wife kept her studio and her activity continued until 1787.
Several of his works are presented in museums around the world: Louvre Museum (which notably preserves a chest of drawers from the Transition period, the exceptional marquetry of which represents gallant scenes and landscapes); Carnavalet Museum; Beauvais Museum; Cleveland Art Museum.