This bureau, and the bureau plat sold as lot 116, were conceived in the late 18th Century Spanish version of the Louis XVI style, the so-called Carlos IV style. Whereas in the early part of that century artistic inspiration had mainly come from France, the latter part also shows a resurgance of Italian taste, through the influences of the architect F. Juvara (d. 1736), and the decorator M. Gasparini (d. 1774). A. Ciechanowiecki, 'Spain and Portugal', in H. Hayward, World Furniture, London, 1965, p. 160. Two commodes, with similar geometric marquetry decoration, are illustrated in E. Jardi (ed.), Moble Catala, Barcelona, 1994, pp. 270-273, nrs. 54 and 55.