Capucin office desk 19Th century in walnut.
Width : 19,88 in
depth : 12,40 in, open : 24,01 in
Height : 25,98 in, open : 32,67 in
The office Capuchin is a furniture transformation whose tray folds to reveal a circular shaped step reminiscent of the hood of the religious order of the Capuchins.
The secretary says "office in Capuchin", a small office mechanism that is also referred to as the office tumble. It comes in the form of a coffee table, which is raised to form a reading table holding with a metal tag, and the edge of the tray to hold the book or the score that could be deposited on this area.
It is characterized by a step that is sometimes shaped like a monk's hood that retracts into the plateau. Thanks to a push button on the blank, you release the donkey that tumbles under the table top that bends to form an inkstand. the donkey can have a secret compartment and drawers. Sometimes a screen of fabrics can be raised at the back of the furniture.
Appeared in the mid-eighteenth century, this type of furniture is in keeping with the Enlightenment's taste for furniture with a transformation and a mechanism that piques curiosity and makes it possible to multiply the uses of the same piece of furniture. Evidenced by a few dressers becoming a bed for maid, tables in Burgundy or secret furniture whose locks are composed of complex mechanisms.
This type of mechanical table called "secretary tumble", according to the original name, was a great success in the years 1750 and 1760 and arises from the invention by Antoine Gaudreaux (around 1680-1751) the first secretary in back of donkey delivered for Marie Leszczynska at Fontainebleau (1733). Roubo also detailed the construction of the secretaries tumbling in his Encyclopedia published in 1774. Several secretaries tumbling are known, preserved at the Vendeuvre castle, the castle of Brissac or the museum Rolin d'Autun. Others bear the stamp of Bonnemain, Gosselin or Boudin. But the copy of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, identical in all respects to our office in both form and veneer processing, is the most remarkable.
Width : 50,5 cm
Height : 66 cm
Depth : 31,5 cm
Category : Desks
Style : Louis XV
Period : 19th century
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