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Antique Marquetry Bureau Plat Writing Table French c.1850

antique bureau plat | Ref. no. 07166 | Regent Antiques
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  • antique bureau plat | Ref. no. 07166 | Regent Antiques
  • antique bureau plat | Ref. no. 07166 | Regent Antiques
  • antique bureau plat | Ref. no. 07166 | Regent Antiques
  • antique bureau plat | Ref. no. 07166 | Regent Antiques
  • antique bureau plat | Ref. no. 07166 | Regent Antiques
  • antique bureau plat | Ref. no. 07166 | Regent Antiques
  • antique bureau plat | Ref. no. 07166 | Regent Antiques
  • antique bureau plat | Ref. no. 07166 | Regent Antiques
  • antique bureau plat | Ref. no. 07166 | Regent Antiques
  • antique bureau plat | Ref. no. 07166 | Regent Antiques
  • antique bureau plat | Ref. no. 07166 | Regent Antiques
  • antique bureau plat | Ref. no. 07166 | Regent Antiques
  • antique bureau plat | Ref. no. 07166 | Regent Antiques
  • antique bureau plat | Ref. no. 07166 | Regent Antiques
  • antique bureau plat | Ref. no. 07166 | Regent Antiques
  • antique bureau plat | Ref. no. 07166 | Regent Antiques
  • antique bureau plat | Ref. no. 07166 | Regent Antiques
Ref: 07166
Price: £5,250.00
This is a simply stunning French antique bureau plat, or centre table, crafted from burr walnut and positively dripping with...

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This is a simply stunning French antique bureau plat, or centre table, crafted from burr walnut and positively dripping with quite exquisite and intricate marquetry, dating from around 1850.

This truly astonishing antique bureau plat features beautiful marquetry decoration of kingwood, rosewood, tulipwood and purple heart with elegant ormolu borders. The central panel is beautifully inlaid with musical instruments on a flower-filled ebony ground. But beauty does not come at the expense of functionality; the table also has a useful and capacious frieze drawer which is fitted with the original working lock and key.

The table stands on turned and reeded legs joined by inlaid X-stretchers with a striking central ormolu mounted turned finial. Words really cannot do justice to the breathtaking beauty of this antique bureau plat. It will render your guests simply speechless!

Condition Of This Antique Bureau Plat

This antique bureau plat is in a great condition having been wonderfully restored in our workshops. This can easily be seen in the photographs we have included in our set of pics. Kindly take a few moments to have a look at them and assure yourself of this.

To Setup A Meeting To View This Antique Bureau Plat Face To Face

We're sure you will agree it's a good idea to look at important items like this antique bureau plat in person before you buy. With this thought, we are really delighted to encourage buyers to pay a visit to our North London salesroom to review this wonderful antique bureau plat personally. When you are here you can look-over our considerable selection of other attractive products and also talk about any questions or concerns that you've got. Our internal experts are available to resolve queries, not just about this antique bureau plat but also concerning antiques and collectibles more generally. They've got a tremendous amount of specialist knowledge and are always happy to advise.

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Shipping, Delivery and Returns

Fine pieces such as this antique bureau plat have to have experienced packing and transportation to make sure they reach you in the exact same condition that they left us. We take great pride in our shipping know-how and can deliver to almost any location worldwide. However, we ask you to contact us to review transportation arrangements and get a quotation before making any purchases, as we need to be sure that we can fulfill all your transportation specifications. As you will appreciate, some articles need to have delicate handling and we will need to ensure that everything is in place to get it to you safely and securely. Please quote the item reference number for this antique bureau plat when getting in touch so we know precisely what the shipping requirements will involve.

You will be happy to know that shipping is free to any mainland UK destination.

If you are not pleased with this antique bureau plat, we offer a 14 day money-back guarantee in line with the Distance Selling Regulations. If you do intend to return it, you will need to pay the return shipping charges, unless we sent you something materially different to what you were anticipating or have mis-described it in some material way. You must send the item back in its' original condition and packaging.

You will be responsible for any customs duties, taxes or fees that become due outside the European Union.



Dimensions in cm:

Height 74 x Width 129 x Depth 75

Height 55 x Width 78 - Kneehole Dimensions

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 5 inches x Width 4 feet, 3 inches x Depth 2 feet, 5 inches

Height 1 foot, 10 inches x Width 2 feet, 7 inches - Kneehole Dimensions

Our reference: 07166

Please feel free to email or call us (+44 20 8809 9605) to arrange a viewing in our North London warehouse.

Ormolu - (from French 'or moulu', signifying ground or pounded gold) is an 18th-century English term for applying finely ground, high-carat gold in a mercury amalgam to an object of bronze.The mercury is driven off in a kiln leaving behind a gold-coloured veneer known as 'gilt bronze'.

The manufacture of true ormolu employs a process known as mercury-gilding or fire-gilding, in which a solution of nitrate of mercury is applied to a piece of copperbrass, or bronze, followed by the application of an amalgam of gold and mercury. The item was then exposed to extreme heat until the mercury burned off and the gold remained, adhered to the metal object.

No true ormolu was produced in France after around 1830 because legislation had outlawed the use of mercury. Therefore, other techniques were used instead but nothing surpasses the original mercury-firing ormolu method for sheer beauty and richness of colour. Electroplating is the most common modern technique. Ormolu techniques are essentially the same as those used on silver, to produce silver-gilt (also known as vermeil).

Rosewood is a rich warm reddish brown wood that has a distinct grain with dark brown and black outlining. One variety of Rosewood can vary significantly from another even though it is of the same species. These Rosewoods, native of India, South East Asia and Brazil, were dense and awkward to work with. It was renowned for quickly bluntening cutting tools and visibly darkening in colour when over prepared.

The Brazilian species of Rosewood was by far the most beautifully figured and therefore it became the most sought after and rare. This was the wood of choice for the great box makers, David and Thomas Edwards who used it to veneer some of their finest pieces.

Burr Walnut
refers to the swirling figure present in nearly all walnut when cut and polished, and especially in the wood taken from the base of the tree where it joins the roots. However the true burr is a rare growth on the tree where hundreds of tiny branches have started to grow. Burr walnut produces some of the most complex and beautiful figuring you can find.

Marquetry
is decorative artistry where pieces of material (such as wood, mother of pearl, pewter, brass silver or shell) of different colours are inserted into surface wood veneer to form intricate patterns such as scrolls or flowers.

The technique of veneered marquetry had its inspiration in 16th century Florence. Marquetry elaborated upon Florentine techniques of inlaying solid marble slabs with designs formed of fitted marbles, jaspers and semi-precious stones. This work, called opere di commessi, has medieval parallels in Central Italian "Cosmati"-work of inlaid marble floors, altars and columns. The technique is known in English as pietra dura, for the "hardstones" used: onyx, jasper, cornelian, lapis lazuli and colored marbles. In Florence, the Chapel of the Medici at San Lorenzo is completely covered in a colored marble facing using this demanding jig-sawn technique.

Techniques of wood marquetry were developed in Antwerp and other Flemish centers of luxury cabinet-making during the early 16th century. The craft was imported full-blown to France after the mid-seventeenth century, to create furniture of unprecedented luxury being made at the royal manufactory of the Gobelins, charged with providing furnishings to decorate Versailles and the other royal residences of Louis XIV. Early masters of French marquetry were the Fleming Pierre Golle and his son-in-law, André-Charles Boulle, who founded a dynasty of royal and Parisian cabinet-makers (ébénistes) and gave his name to a technique of marquetry employing shell and brass with pewter in arabesque or intricately foliate designs.   
 

Dimensions in cm:

Height 74 x Width 129 x Depth 75

Height 55 x Width 78 - Kneehole Dimensions

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 5 inches x Width 4 feet, 3 inches x Depth 2 feet, 5 inches

Height 1 foot, 10 inches x Width 2 feet, 7 inches - Kneehole Dimensions

Shipping:

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Delivery and return policy:

We require that someone be home on the agreed delivery day if applicable, otherwise a redelivery fee will apply.

In accordance with Distance Selling Regulations, we offer a 14-day money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with the item.

The item must be returned in its original packaging and condition.

Unless the item is not as described in a material way, the buyer is responsible for return shipping expenses.

Buyers are fully responsible for any customs duties or local taxes that may be incurred on items sent outside of the European Union.

Returns will be processed within 1-2 business days of receipt.

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