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18th century
Large ebony Mazarin desk

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Galerie Gilles Linossier

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Bureau Mazarin

The bureau Mazarin is a prestigious model created circa 1670. It takes its name from the Cardinal of the same name who was Louis XIV's prime minister. Inspired by the table de changeur of the Louis XIII era and fitted with a drop-leaf to facilitate currency exchange and storage, the bureau Mazarin incorporates its principal features. Its panel is opened by drop-leaf and reveals a desk.

Under this panel, an array of drawers overhangs a central niche, recessed and flanked by cabinets on each side. It is adorned with rich Boulle or exotic wood. Some models are decorated with arabesques inspired by the drawings of Jean Bérain. The characteristic detail of the bureau Mazarin: its underframe comprised of eight twinned legs joined together by crosspieces in the form of an X or H.