This bureau can be attributed to the Mainz Hofschreiner Heinrich Ludwig Rohde (1683-1755) based on the comparison with a bureau in Schloss Pommersfelden which has an identical decorative scheme with slight variations in materials and execution. Rohde's work is identifieable from a group of furniture he executed for the Electors Lothar Franz von Schönborn, Ludwig von Pfalz-Neuburg, Philipp Karl von Eltz and finally Johann Friedrich Karl von Ostein (H. Zinnkann, Meisterstücke Mainzer Möbel des 18. Jahrhundert, Frankfurt, 1988, pp. 13-19).
Rodhe can first be traced in Mainz in 1715, and initially collaborated with the Franconian cabinet-maker Ferdinand Plitzner (1678-1724), who executed furniture for Schloss Pommersfelden, seat of the Schönborn family. Cf, G. Himmelheber, Die Kunst des Deutschen Möbels,vol. II, Munich, 1973, pl. 265.