scrutoire

scrutoire

(ˌskruːˈtwɑː)
n
(Furniture) an escritoire or writing desk
References in classic literature ?
But this princess, who has an infinite deal of wit and humour, set me gently on my feet upon the scrutoire, and commanded me to give his majesty an account of myself, which I did in a very few words: and Glumdalclitch who attended at the cabinet door, and could not endure I should be out of her sight, being admitted, confirmed all that had passed from my arrival at her father's house.
Put some shelves above and he notes 'they are called Bureau Bookcase' and the name has settled since then, as before this period the bureau as we know it today could be named a scrutoire, escritoire, scriptor or secretary, according to the wishes of its owner.
Being an imported piece, the socalled bureau of today would have been known by various other names, including escritoire, striptor, scrutoire, secretaire, secretary, and so on.