This amaranth desk is typical of Parisian production under the French Régence, particularly from the workshops of cabinetmakers Etienne Doirat, Noël Gérard, or Bernard Lieutaud.
Edward Holmes Baldock (1777-1845) was one of London's leading merchants who specialised in 18th century French furniture and mounted porcelain. In 1805, he established himself as a Chinese porcelain and glassware merchant at 7 Hanway and was granted the status of official supplier of Chinese ceramics to King William IV from 1832 to 1837 and to Queen Victoria from 1838 until his death in 1845. From 1821 onwards, he widened his field of activities and worked as a merchant and restorer of furniture, similar to the Paris merchant-merciers
of the previous century and he did not hesitate to restore and bring up to date the furniture of the eighteenth century to satisfy the tastes of his clients.
With clients like King George IV and a large part of the English aristocracy, he participated in the development of the largest collections of French furniture in the nineteenth century. His signature, E.H.B which can be found on furniture dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries, was identified by Sir Geoffrey de Bellaigue, who was the Director of the Royal Collection from 1988 to 1996.