Bureau de Dame, Jean Gaspard Feilt, kingwood, oak, marquetry, gilded bronze mounts, French XVIII listed on cat. card as Louis XV Lady's Writ- ing Desk; Dims 38-1/4 x 41-1/2 x 23-1/2'; 6/88: a-desk; b-j-drawers; k-l lower drawers; key

Lady’s writing desk, c. 1750

Decorated with flowers, butterflies, and groupings of musical motifs, this writing desk reflects a period in which female members of the French aristocracy had become active participants in literary life, and when in particular the writing of personal letters (rather than their dictation to a secretary) would have been part of the daily routine of any lady of rank. As such, the small writing desk may be seen as an ancestor of a tablet computer or smartphone, though definitely not as portable.

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Feilt, Lady's Writing Desk (#085)
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Title
Lady’s writing desk
Artist Life
active mid 18th century
Role
Maker
Accession Number
80.35a-l
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Bureau de Dame, Jean Gaspard Feilt, kingwood, oak, marquetry, gilded bronze mounts, French XVIII listed on cat. card as Louis XV Lady's Writ- ing Desk; Dims 38-1/4 x 41-1/2 x 23-1/2'; 6/88: a-desk; b-j-drawers; k-l lower drawers; key