Made of ebony, this desk, with rounded corners, opens to two drawers in the belt inlaid with copper fillets, the two drawers separated by a flat decorated with a large acanthus leaf in gilt bronze, the same ornamentation is found on the opposite side. It rests on four sheath feet of round section decorated with copper nets simulating grooves. They are finished with ormolu sabots and at the other end with a bronze ring decorated with a lambrequin.
The tray is covered with a red leather with a gilded vignette, all surrounded by a gilded bronze mold.
In the style of late 18th century furniture executed by Montigny and Levasseur, this desk, dating from the years 1860-1870, can be attributed to Mathieu Befort, known as Befort Jeune.
He knows how to use the neo-classical style which contrasts blackened wood or ebony with gilded bronze.