Antique Empire Ormolu Desk Louise Philippe Style c.1880
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We are pleased to offer for sale, at a very reasonable price, this very elegant Antique Empire Ormolu Desk which has been made in the Louise Philippe Style and which dates from around 1880.
This antique French desk is made in the classical Empire style from solid mahogany and is decorated all over with ormolu mounts which are typical of the Empire style and which depict a range of Egyptian motifs including sphinxes, griffins, urns, laurels as well as a number of Napoleonic symbols. There are also gilded bronze mounts which display a very high level of craftsmanship and command the attention of anyone viewing this desk. The writing surface is fitted with a lovely looking and sumptuous gold-tooled leather writing surface, in Burgundy, which is a joy to work on.
This desk was made from top quality mahogany with a beautiful grain and finish. It is nice to see that the drawers are of a particularly high standard of construction and have hand cut dovetails with drawer linings are being made from solid mahogany.
An abundance of storage
There is plenty of storage as there are three frieze drawers as well as three in each of the pedestals.
Please also note that this antique French desk is finished all around, the rear being especially attractive, and therefore it can be placed anywhere in a room and not necessarily against a wall.
As you can see, the two pedestals are flanked each of the four corners with columns that are each surmounted with gilded ormolu capitelli. Note that each of the pedestals stands on four turned legs which are terminated with ormolu sabots.
This desk has been fully restored in our own workshops and is offered for sale in excellent condition. We have provided a number of photographs for you to see the condition and standard of workmanship for yourself.
This is a compact antique French Louise Philippe desk which would sit comfortably in even the most modestly sized room, as studies often are. The dimensions of this Empire style desk are as follows: 76cm in height x 110cm wide x 63cm deep. The kneehole dimensions are 64cm x 48cm. The dimensions in feet and inches, should you prefer, are 2 ft, 6 inches high x 3 ft, 7 inches wide x 2 ft, 1 inch deep. The kneehole measurements are Height 2 ft, 1 inch x Width 1 ft, 7 inches.
More Information and To View
You are very welcome to email us or call us using the contact details shown above with any questions you might have about this very large dining table. We would also be delighted to arrange a viewing of this table at our North London warehouse, just email or call for an appointment quoting our reference as shown above so we know which large dining table you are referring to. The showroom is open from 10am to 5pm every weekday and on occasional Saturdays - please call first before making a journey on a Saturday.
Shipping, Delivery and Return
This Empire style desk is a valuable and precious object and requires careful packing and shipping. We can ship to any destination worldwide and will take care of the packing for you, but please do call or email for a quotation before purchasing the item so that we can fully discuss your requirements. We ship to any mainland UK address free of charge. If you are not satisfied with the item we offer a 14-day money back guarantee in accordance with the Distance Selling Regulations. You will be responsible for the return shipping fees for this French Louise Philippe desk, unless we have erroneously described the item in some material way and you do not receive what you were expecting. You must return the item in its original packaging and condition.
You are also responsible for any customs duties or local taxes that fall due outside the European Union.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 76 x Width 110 x Depth 63
Height 64 x Width 48 - Kneehole Dimensions
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 feet, 6 inches x Width 3 feet, 7 inches x Depth 2 feet, 1 inch
Height 2 feet, 1 inch x Width 1 foot, 7 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: 06382
Please feel free to email or call us (+44 20 8809 9605) to arrange a viewing in our North London warehouse.