Nicolas Petit (French, 1732-1791) Louis XVI Gilt-Bronze-Mounted Mahogany Bureau Plat
ca. 1780, the rectangular top with an inset leather surface, turreted corners and leather-inset slides at both sides, above a conforming case fitted with a central drawer flanked to one side by a deep drawer and to the other side by two drawers, stamped: "N. Petit Jm." on the case front beneath the deep drawer, verso with faux drawers, raised on stop-fluted tapering circular legs ending in brass caps.
h. 30-1/2", w. 64", d. 30-1/2"
Provenance: Sotheby's, New York , "Property from the Estate of Brooke Astor", September 24-25, 2012, lot 512, page 401. Shown in situ pages 400-401, the library, "Holly Hill"; Private collection, Mobile, Alabama.