Bureau Plat

Bureau Plat


Martin Ohneberg
(Master 1773

stamped: „M OHNEBERG JME“

France, epoche Louis XVI

measurements: 74cm x 130cm x 70cm 

The „bureau plat“ (flat writing desk) was one of the most frequent tasks for a cabinet maker. Even the greatest masters of their trade produced them, just as Johann Heinrich (Jean Henri) Riesener (1734 Gladbeck 1806 Paris) made his famous writing desk for Marie-Antoinette (1783) in the Small Queen’s Saloon (Petit appartement de la reine) at Versailles.

The oakwood body, with the usual three drawers to take up writing utensils (in earlier days they often contained an inkwell and a small jar of blotting sand) and functionally also meant to stabilize the high-legged desk. The writing patch is made of green-coloured leather, as leather was less sensible to stains than pure wood.




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