"'That Louis Quinze escritoire . . .is an amazing thing, sir, surely?'"
Louis XV secretaire
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeLouis XV secretaire - Credit: Coyau
Louis XV fall front secretaire
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeLouis XV fall front secretaire - Credit: Pline

 Louise Quinze is the name given to a style of decorative art which developed in France during the reign of Louis XV, which lasted from 1723 to 1774. Pieces from this period are characterised by an elegant rococo style, sometimes with an oriental theme; they are also renowned for their particularly high quality craftsmanship.

An escritoire is a writing desk with various drawers and compartments. It may have a hinged vertical section which drops down to create the writing surface; if so, it is described as fall front. Escritoires may also have a top section for holding books.

Escritoires are sometimes known as secretaires.

 

 

Louis XV's roll-top secretaire
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeLouis XV's own roll-top secretaire at the Palace of Versailles - Credit: TCY