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Lady's Desk with Keys
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Lady's Desk with Keys


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Description This desk bears the stamp of Evalde, who became a master ébéniste, or maker of inlaid furniture, in 1765. He was responsible for the now lost jewel cabinet that King Louis XV of France presented to Marie-Antoinette on the occasion of her marriage to the future Louis XVI in 1770. The key to this desk bears the crown of France, indicating that the piece may have been made for a member of the royal family. The doors are inlaid in colored marquetry (wood inlay). Among the images found on the surface are a writing table and navigational instruments. The desk's front drawer opens to reveal an inlaid writing surface, which slides back to reveal compartments below.
Exhibitions
  • The Art of Writing Instruments from Paris to Persia. 2011.
Provenance Owned by François Coty, early 20th century; Collection François Coty Sale, Paris, November 30-December 1 1936, no. 91. Acquired by La Comtesse Henri du Chastel de la Howarderie, Belgium; Christies Sale, London, December 4 1969, no. 108; purchased by Walters Art Museum (through Ronald A. Lee as agent), 1969.
Credit Museum purchase in memory of Philip B. Perlman, 1969

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Period
ca. 1770
Medium
oak, marquetry in naturally colored and stained woods, and gilded bronze
(Wood)
Accession Number
65.60
Measurements
H: 47 1/4 x W: 26 3/8 in. (120 x 67 cm); With drawers open H: 41 x W: 26 3/4 x D: 25 3/4 in. (104.14 x 67.95 x 65.41 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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