Oak, walnut & tulipwood lady's desk (Secrétaire en Pente), van Risenburgh, Paris, circa 1750. Favored by members of the French court, the Secrétaire en Pente had many small compartments for hiding documents. @18thCFrance on Twitter!
1765 French Cabinet at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles - From the curators' comments: "This bedside cabinet was decorated on all four sides so that it could be placed wherever it was needed in the room. The tambour door at the top slides back, revealing a marble lined shelf that would have been used to hold a chamber pot. The doors below conceal two sets of drawers. At the right side is a drawer that once contained writing materials: a gilt bronze inkpot, a pot for sand, and a sponge box."
The royal cabinetmaker Jean-François Oeben designed several pieces of furniture with mechanisms, including an armchair, to make life easier for the disabled young duke of Burgundy, Louis XV's eldest grandson (hence the origin of the generic term "Burgundy-style furniture"). Noted for the beauty of his forms, Oeben has invented a table with a particularly ingenious mechanism, veneered with a geometric design influenced by classical Greek motifs.