Skip to main content

Writing desk: M.1-1968

Object information


Dubois, Jacques (Production)


Slant-front writing desk with shaped back and sides, cabriole legs and ormolu mounts, the pine and oak carcase veneered with rosewood and kingwood and inlaid with foliate marquetry.
Stamped twice 'I Dubois' on the underside of the apron at the back.

Legal notes

Given by Lady Bonham-Carter

Measurements and weight

Depth: 44.5 cm
Height: 88.6 cm
Width: 78.5 cm

Relative size of this object

78.5 cm88.6 cm44.5 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Place(s) associated

  • Paris ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1968) by Bonham-Carter, Joanna Hilary


Mid 18th Century
Louis XV
Production date: circa AD 1750

School or Style


Components of the work

Veneer composed of kingwood rosewood Carcase composed of oak pine

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: I DUBOIS
  • Location: Underside of apron at the back
  • Method of creation: Stamped twice
  • Type: Maker's mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.1-1968
Primary reference Number: 95872
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 7 January 2022 Last processed: Friday 7 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2022) "Writing desk" Web page available at: Accessed: 2022-07-06 18:06:10

Citation for Wikipedia

To cite this record on Wikipedia you can use this code snippet:

{{cite web|url= |title=Writing desk |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2022-07-06 18:06:10|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

API call for this record

To call these data via our API (remember this needs to be authenticated) you can use this code snippet:

Please enter your name as you would like to be addressed
Please enter your email address
The object accession number - this is prefilled
Please enter your query with as much detail as possible

Suggested products from Curating Cambridge

You might be interested in this...

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...