The bureau and secretaire bear witness to a great evolution in the decorative arts in the 18th century. From the Regence style to the Directoire, writing furniture carries the heritage of 18th century cabinetmakers' virtuosity. With marquetry, ebony or mahogany veneers, finely worked and gilded bronze, the 18th century bureau alternates between sobriety and pomp, simplicity and exuberance.
The bureau plat, bureau ministre, bureau à cylindre or à abattant adopt characterful shapes and ornamentation. Smaller and more feminine, the bureau à Capucine, the Bonheur du Jour and the secrétaire en cabinet delight lovers of little secrets.