This delicate little table-à-écrire is closely related to the oeuvre of Jean-Pierre Latz (c. 1691-1754) who, despite only a limited number of stamped pieces recorded by him, is unquestionably recognized as one of the most celebrated ébénistes of the Louis XV period.
A mechanical table executed circa 1755 by Latz (and fellow ébéniste Denis Genty, maître in 1754) featuring a similarly-shaped plateau and such idiosyncratic marquetry of berried exotic flowers, is at Waddesdon Manor (ill. in G. de Bellaigue, The James A. de Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor: Furniture, Clocks and Gilt Bronzes, vol. I, London, 1974, pp.394-397, fig.82).
The attribution to the ébéniste is further substantiated by a pair of tables à ouvrage by Latz featuring his distinctive marquetry and pierced angle mounts revealing veneered panels, formerly in the Collections of Baron von Goldschmidt-Rothschild and Sydney J. Lamon, and sold at Christie's, London, 9 December 1982 (£102,600 with premium).
Interestingly, the present lot can be further related to the production of father and son, Pierre (1703-1776) and Jean-François Hache (1730-1796) in Grenoble. The plateau 'ourlé', delicately shaped frieze, lobed piastres to the angles, and most of all distinctive marquetry - all features which can be found on the present lot - are indeed recurrent in their oeuvre (ill. in M. Clerc, Hache, Ebénistes A Grenoble, Grenoble, 1997, pp.86-7, figs 53-4 and p. 89, fig. 57, and in P. and F. Rouge, Le génie des Hache, Dijon, 2005, pp. 278, 340, 361, fig. 184 (detail).
The mounts to the present lot are stamped with C couronné, a tax mark in use between March 1745 and February 1749 on any alloy containing copper.