Antique French Ormolu Mounted Louis Revival Bureau Plat Desk c1860
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We present to you a delightful piece. This is a truly sumptuous antique French bureau plat in kingwood, crafted in the Louis Revival style and featuring highly decorative ormolu mounts, dating from around 1860.
This antique French bureau plat has a rectangular top with gilt bronze border, raised corner cartouches and a gold tooled green leather inset writing surface, above three frieze drawers on one side and dummy drawers on the other. It goes without saying that all the drawers have working locks and keys. This antique French bureau plat is decorated with ornate ormolu handles and mounts and three solid walnut lined capacious drawers for all of your storage needs. To increase its usefulness even further, it is freestanding and finished on all sides so that it can stand boldly in the centre of a room. Finally, it is raised on elegant cabriole legs with ormolu mounts featuring scallop motifs and hooved feet.
Ormolu, from the French moulu, signifying ground or pounded gold, is an English term, used since the 18th century for the gilding technique of applying finely ground gold–mercury amalgam to a (usually) bronze object. The mercury is driven off in a kiln leaving behind a gold coating. The French refer to this technique as ‘bronze doré’ while in English it is known as ‘gilt bronze’. You can lovely examples of this in this antique French bureau plat.
This is a truly delightful piece which is sure to bring a smile to your face. It is functional, versatile, graceful and exquisite, and will display beautifully in any interior.
Condition Of This Antique French Bureau Plat
This antique French bureau plat is in an exceptional condition having been beautifully cleaned and polished in our workshops as can easily be observed in the photographs we have provided in our gallery. Please take a few minutes to look at them and satisfy yourself of this.
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Dimensions in cm:
Height 76 x Width 142 x Depth 83
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 feet, 6 inches x Width 4 feet, 8 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: 08275
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