A nice marquetry mahagony architect table called à la Tronchin. The table opens with a drawer discovering a shelf with leather, and two side shelves. The tray is composed of three articulated planes to position the worktop at the desired height and inclination. The table is on four fluted legs terminated by casters.
Théodore TRONCHIN (1709 – 1781) was a famous Swiss doctor of the 18th century. He discovered the vaccine (coxpox) and he was great promoter of smallpox inoculation. He introduced the variolation, ancestor of vaccination in France, and wrote the two articles « inoculation » in the Encyclopedia of Diderot and d’Alembert. Taking as subject of study the architects, he worked on the diseases of bones caused by the bad positions adopted by the draftsmen on their work tables. He also noticed that such postures caused blockage and irritation of the colon. He therefore recommended the use of tilting tables which, whether you work sitting or standing, free your stomach and keep your back straight.