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Bureau a cylindre (Cylinder desk)

The bureau a cylindre made its appearance among writing desks circa 1750. During the Louis XV period, the desk was produced in a variety of forms to respond to the requirements of a male clientele seeking comfort and luxury. The bureau à cylindre is a bureau plat comprised of a work surface at the front, and behind it, an array of drawers, shelves, pigeonholes and hidden spaces, all covered with a cylindrical quarter-round lid. Moved by a secret mechanism, this slatted lid or cambered piece slides down to close the desk and lock up documents. It is most often produced with mahogany veneer or marquetry. Covered in leather, retractable shelves pull out in the front and on the sides to add more space to the marble worktop.