This bureau relates to models by such pre-eminent northern European cabinet-makers of the neo-classical period as David Roentgen (1743-1807) of Neuwied and Christian Meyer (born c. 1750) of St. Petersburg. A bureau of similar construction attributed to Meyer can be found in the Catherine Palace, Pushkin (A. Chenevière, Russian Furniture, The Golden Age 1780-1840, London, 1988, pp. 94-95, ill. 76). Meyer, of German origin but probably born in St. Petersburg, not only supplied the Imperial Russian family and St. Petersburg aristocracy with furniture but also gave carpentry lessons to the Grand Dukes Alexander and Constantine.
A closely related bureau sold, Ader-Picard-Tajan, Paris, 8 June 1990, lot 122 (FF 530,000); another bureau en secretaire, attributed to the workshop of David Roentgen, sold, Christie's Monaco, 15 December 1996, lot 172 (FF 1,692,500).