Rare French Antique Bureau Plat Desk in Louis XV Style, inspired by Antoine Mathieu Criard.
In Bois-Satiné veneer. With very decorative, restrained bronze fittings. Strong cambered, four-sided passively curved three-bar frame base with wide knee patch on elegantly curved squares in sabots. Slightly protruding table top with a fantastically curved, profiled bronze framing. Very nice corner fittings. Cover plate with Leather.
Antoine Mathieu Criard 1724-1747 Maïtre ébéniste 22nd April 1747
The eldest son of Mathieu Criaerd. He worked successively in Paris in the rue de Charenton, rue de Richelieu, rue St- Thomas-du Louvre and finally in the rue du Bac. It appears that he did not work for very long due the rarity of his pieces. Amongst his clients was the Royal household of Louis XV.