This small table, with its straight lines and geometric marquetry, is typical of the Louis XVI period and the work of the cabinet-maker Ferdinand Bury. The top of the desk is supported by four spade feet and surrounded by a gallery on the sides and rear, allowing the user to write comfortably. The apron contains a drawer covered with a leather flap, with three compartments that would have been used to store ink, powder and sponges.
There are many similar tables that bear the stamps of other cabinet-makers, in particular that of Riesener, who collaborated with Bury. Both of their stamps can be found on a chest of drawers now held at the Louvre. Other similar models bear the stamps of Aldebert Vovis, François Bayer and Nicolas Petit, suggesting that this fashionable design may have been shared by one or more dealers.