L XIV desk

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Life Imitates Art: In “A FRENCH FINISH” by Robert Ross, a quirky crew of Harvard art historians re-creates a ‘fake’ Louis XVI desk and pass it off as the real thing.

My father wrote this award-winning mystery-adventure and it was a hit back in 1978 and is a wonderful yarn now available at Kindle!

Here, below, is the latest news about another such royal desk built for the Sun King, Louis XIV.

LOUIS XIV’s bureau returns to the                          Château de Versailles

This extremely rare work is one of the very few pieces of furniture commissioned for Louis XIV’s use at Versailles. The folding-top desk, delivered in 1685, is made of oak and veneered with ebony and Brazilian rosewood. It is the work of Alexandre-Jean Oppenordt, the king’s ordinary cabinetmaker, and designer Jean Bérain the Elder, whose lively arabesques are particularly recognizable.


Before turning to writing novels, Robert Ross was a creative director at the Leo Burnett advertising agency. When he retired to Montserrat in the West Indies, he became fascinated with Leonardo da Vinci and learned everything he could about this brilliant inventor and artist and his era.

The Medici GunsThe Medici EmeraldThe Medici Hawks

Each volume of this best-selling trio may be purchased on KINDLE.

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