This desk is a perfect illustration of late-eighteenth century Russian furniture inspired by what was being produced in France at the time. French furniture of this type was strongly influenced by the works of David Roentgen (1743–1807), who frequently visited Saint Petersburg between 1783 and 1791 and was commissioned by Empress Catherine II to furnish the Imperial palaces. The representation of a similar and privately owned desk, displaying vertical brass strips to the cylinder, is illustrated in Venäläisiä Huonekaluja, Russian Furniture, Lahti, 1998, no. 25, p. 123. A comparable bureau, featuring a roll top lifting to reveal two smaller glass cylinders, was sold in New York by Sotheby’s on June 9, 2014 (lot 253). Another, similar desk from the Ariane Dandois Collection was sold Sotheby’s (lot 304) in New York on October 25, 2007.