Stunning French Louis Revival Brass Inlaid "Boulle" Writing Table 20th C
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A very nice piece made in the Louis XV style and dating from the latter half of the twentieth century, this is a large and finely crafted vintage French writing table, otherwise often referred to as a bureau plat, which is certain to become the subject of a conversation wherever it is placed.
This Louis XV style Boulle writing table however is about more than good looks alone and to think of it in such a way would do not do justice to this fine vintage bureau plat. As you can see from the gallery of images we have provided, this writing table has been constructed to a very exacting standard and is ebonised and elaborately decorated throughout by means of a number of exquisite ormolu mounts.
For added comfort, convenience and style, the writing area has been finished with a sumptuous burgundy coloured, gold-tooled writing surface in real leather, as you can see from the photographs.
In order to provide plenty of convenient storage for your stationery and other office supplies, the writing table is fitted with three extremely useful and capacious drawers.
The style is described as “Boulle” in respect of its adherence to the style created by a certain Andre Charles Boulle (1642-1732) who was a renowned French cabinetmaker and who was generally considered to be the pre-eminent artist in the field of marquetry. The makers fame in the craft of marquetry led to his name being used to describe a particular style of inlay which became known as Boulle work or “Buhl” work.
This Louis XV style Boulle writing table or bureau plat is available for your personal inspection at our north London showroom but if you are unable to make the journey to London you are invited to contact us and speak to one of our resident furniture experts who will be happy to provide any details you may require – please mention item reference, 00695c, when calling in order to avoid confusion.
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You can see from the detailed photographs included on this listing why we have no hesitation whatsoever in describing this Boulle bureau plat or writing table as being in truly excellent condition.
Shipping, Delivery and Returns
We can carefully pack and ship your antique Louis XV style bureau plat to any destination worldwide, but please do ring for a quotation first, before purchasing the item. We deliver to all mainland UK addresses free of charge.
If you are not satisfied with this Louis XV style bureau plat we offer a 14-day money back guarantee as required by the Distance Selling Regulations. You will be liable for the return shipping costs unless we have failed to describe the item you receive in some material way. You must return the item in its original packing and condition. You are also fully responsible for any local taxes or customs duties that fall due on items that are shipped outside the European Union.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 81 x Width 163 x Depth 83
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 feet, 8 inches x Width 5 feet, 4 inches x Depth 2 feet, 9 inches
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: 00695c
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