A late 18th century Directoire mahogany architect’s table. A mechanical table with a double-hinged ratcheted top and the original gold-tooled brown leather lined writing surface, veneered in beautifully, if rather pale, flame-grained polished mahogany. The long frieze drawer displaying the beauty of the mahogany veneer with a central small brass button above the central inset brass key-hole mount that enables the mechanism for adjusting the height and angle of the writing surface. The interior of the frieze drawer is fitted with a leather-covered writing slide above one compartment next to a removable compartment divided into small parts for stationary.
Candle slides underneath the tabletop can be pulled outward to hold adjustable candlesticks. The square, tapering legs with a top molding and brass castors. Closed, the architect’s table gives little hint of its actual purpose appearing as an elegant console table.