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Antique French Louis XV Revival Poudreuse Writing Table c.1860

Antique French Louis XV Revival Poudreuse Writing Table Sold
Ref:08225

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This is a beautiful antique French Louis XV Revival marquetry ormolu mounted Poudreuse or writing table, circa 1860 in date.

The  stunning marquetry lift up top is fitted with a mirror on the underside and  has a flap on each side and they can be raised and lowered as required.

It is beautifully veneered in satinwood, kingwood, tulipwood, sycamore, and boxwood with elegant ormolu borders, and smothered in fabulous marquetry decoration of musical instruments, flowers and garlands.

The lid opens to reveal a central inset blue leather writing surface with an amboyna lined drawer in the frieze. 

The table stands on elegant turned and reeded legs joined by  inlaid X-stretchers with a striking central ormolu  finial. 

It is a beautiful piece which is going to stand out wherever you choose to place it.

Complete with beautiful original engraved ormolu lock and key.

Condition:

In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned and French polished in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 72 x Width 62 x Depth 45 - Closed

Height 72 x Width 90 x Depth 45 - Open

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 4 inches x Width 2 feet, 0 inches x Depth 1 foot, 6 inches - Closed

Height 2 feet, 4 inches x Width 2 feet, 11 inches x Depth 1 foot, 6 inches - Open

Kingwood
is a classic furniture wood, almost exclusively used for inlays on very fine furniture. Occasionally it is used in the solid for small items and turned work, including parts of billiard cues, e.g., those made by John Parris. It is brownish-purple with many fine darker stripes and occasional irregular swirls. Occasionally it contains pale streaks of a similar colour to sapwood.

The wood is very dense and hard and can be brought to a spectacular finish. it turns well but due to its density and hardness can be difficult to work with hand tools. It also has a tendency to blunt the tools due to its abrasive properties.
 

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.

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: 08225