Paris, circa 1780-1790
Made by Fidelys Schey
Mahogany and oak with gilded bronze and leather
Stamped: F. SCHEY
The sides have rectractable 'tirette' or slides, a writing slide above a three-paneled frieze of drawers with cartouche-shaped, scrolled, laurel and berry keyhole mount, reversing to three faux drawers. The desk is raised on square tapering legs with caps.
Fidelys Schey was established in the Rue Faubourg-Saint-Antoine with a saleroom adjacent, which was run by his wife. Patronized by the Garde-Meuble, to whom he supplied two tables jeux for the Chateau de Fontainbleau. Schey worked almost exclusively with mahogany in the restrained Louis XVI Grecian style.