Exceptional and rare small mechanical table or so-called “secrétaire à culbute” which could be literally translated into “somersault desk”: standing on four slender cabriole legs with rectangular and hinged top. The top opens to a leather lined writing top and a hidden movable compartment with a graduated set of drawers which can be swung a full 180 degrees in to position if needed. To prevent air draft, the small secrétaire also consists of a removable screen with a wooden frame and blue moirée lining. The hinged top may also be used as a bookrest when leaned against the erected drawers compartment; a small, also removable wooden strip would prevent the books from falling down. Front and top decorated with an elaborate diamond marquetry, sides with tulipwood parquetry.
Very rare, museal mechanical desk with an extraordinary mechanism, a wonderful conversation piece.
A comparable piece may be found in the Bayerische Nationalmuseum Munich.