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Lovely Art Deco Birdseye Maple Desk Writing Table

Lovely Art Deco Birdseye Maple Desk Writing Table Sold
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In the ever popular Art Deco of the 1920’s style, this Art Deco desk is crafted in stunning Birdseye Maple.

Antique furniture made with Birdseye Maple is rare and is also coveted for its beauty. When all furniture was essentially handmade, you had to be an extremely capable cabinetmaker to be able to work in Birdseye Maple successfully, as it required extraordinary skill and specialist tools. This is because it has a divergent grain which is easily damaged and even the slowest of early woodworking machines could produce surfaces that were torn and chipped. It took many hours of detailed hand planing and scraping to buff these surfaces to the highest sheen. Because of this, labour costs were high, so Birdeye Maple was reserved for the best and most refined pieces.

This fine writing table desk has been made in three pieces and the grain of the wood is truly superb as can be seen from the picture above. The finish is superb and reflects the light almost like a mirror!

This beautifully Art Deco styled writing table desk features four drawers on each side with a slide out surface above each set of drawers. These are particularly useful when you are working and need the additional space to put things such as coffee cups without worrying about damaging the surface of the desk.

As a piece of furniture, this Art Deco desk is also extremely versatile and could equally well be used as a dressing table adding a touch of Art Deco glamour to any bedroom.

Condition

In excellent condition, please see photos to confirm this for yourself.

Pricing

This fine item is priced at £1,400.00

Will it fit?

This desk has the following dimensions:

In cm: Height 78 x Width 180 x Depth 74; Height 71 x Width 60 – Kneehole

In inches: Height 2 feet, 7 inches x Width 5 feet, 11 inches x Depth 2 feet, 5 inches; Height 2 feet, 4 inches x Width 2 feet – Kneehole

Viewing and Further Information

If you would like to view this item you are very welcome to arrange an appointment to come and see it in our North London warehouse, where you will also find a fantastic range of other desirable desks. Just email or call for an appointment on 020 8809 9605. Feel free to call to discuss this item with one of our experts quoting reference number 04074.

Shipping

We can ship to anywhere worldwide and will take care of the packing to ensure that it arrives in pristine conditions. Please call for a shipping quotation before purchasing this item. Shipping to UK mainland destinations is free of charge.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 78 x Width 180 x Depth 74

Height 71 x Width 60 - Kneehole

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 7 inches x Width 5 feet, 11 inches x Depth 2 feet, 5 inches

Height 2 feet, 4 inches x Width 2 feet - Kneehole

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).

Satinwood

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: 04074