Pale blue painted desk with five drawers and pullout shelf. Hand-painted floral decoration on each side of desk and the top of the pullout shelf. Lovely carved shell decoration on each knee of the tapering cabriole legs. Beaded scrolled apron and feet. Patinated bronze pulls. With key. French, circa 1940. For 20 years, gallery owner, author, and decorative-arts historian Liz O’Brien has been discovering the “new” old names in 20th-century American design, introducing the works of Samuel Marx, William Haines, and Karl Springer to the latest generation of trendsetters. Her distinctive point of view is guided by a passionate interest in the history of design and decoration.