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Empire Style Walnut Rosewood Ormolu Writing Table

Walnut Rosewood Writing Table | Ref. no. 00693 Sold

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Dating from the last quarter of the 20th century, this is a fine example of an Empire style walnut rosewood writing table.

This walnut rosewood writing table features beautiful ormolu mounts and a tooled leather writing surface featuring a Grecian ‘key’ pattern. There are also large circular ormolu plaques around the rim which really typify the styling of the Empire period. There is a pull out writing surface adding additional writing space. The drawers are lockable and come with keys.

The overall styling of this walnut rosewood writing table is very formal with straight edges, abrupt corners and tapering legs braided with ormolu mounts, all very reminiscent of the Empire style.

The Empire style so typified by this wonderful walnut rosewood writing table, was developed during the reign of Napoleon between 1804 and 1815 and was highly influenced by Greco-Roman models and motifs. This was a time when styling was used as propaganda, and Napoleon rigidly controlled artistic production having it overseen from Paris. It was no accident that ancient Egyptian motifs were also used as these reflected Napoleon’s success in conquering Egypt. Ornamentation was marked by rigorous symmetry and usually featured figures and symbols of victory bearing palm branches, rose wreaths, swans, lions, flat acanthus leaves and climbing grape vines.

Condition of This Walnut Rosewood Writing Table

This walnut rosewood writing table is in a superb condition as can be observed in the photographs we have supplied in our gallery. Kindly take a couple of moments to look at them to see this for yourself.

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Dimensions in cm:

Height 80 x Width 151.5 x Depth 71.5

Height 64 x Width 127 - Kneehole Dimensions

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 7 inches x Width 5 feet x Depth 2 feet, 4 inches

Height 2 feet, 1 inch x Width 4 feet, 2 inches - Kneehole Dimensions

Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)

was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.

While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.

Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.

The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).


is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.

The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.

It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.

Our reference: 00693