OPPENORDT, Alexandre-Jean
(b. 1639, Gelderland, d. 1715, Paris)

Small desk

Oak, pine, walnut veneered, gilt-bronze, height 77 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

This is one of a pair of desks made in 1685 for Louis XIV's study at Versailles. The elaborate brass inlay, which depicts many of the symbols of the Sun King, was designed and probably engraved by Jean Berain, Dessinateur de la Chambre du Roi.