Royal Mistress's Desk

Royal Mistress's Desk

Christie's Images Ltd. 2012 via Bloomberg.

A Louis XV ormolu-mounted Japanese lacquer secretaire-à-abattant by Bernard II van Risenburgh. The piece is one of about 50 items of French 18th century furnishings from the collection of Djahanguir Riahi and his wife being sold by Christie's International in London on Dec. 5. The desk probably belonged to Louis XV's mistress, according to the catalog.