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Antique French Ormolu Mounted Louis Revival Bureau Plat Desk c1860

Antique French Ormolu Mounted Louis Revival Bureau Plat Desk c1860
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  • Antique French Ormolu Mounted Louis Revival Bureau Plat Desk c1860
  • Antique French Ormolu Mounted Louis Revival Bureau Plat Desk c1860
  • Antique French Ormolu Mounted Louis Revival Bureau Plat Desk c1860
  • Antique French Ormolu Mounted Louis Revival Bureau Plat Desk c1860
  • Antique French Ormolu Mounted Louis Revival Bureau Plat Desk c1860
  • Antique French Ormolu Mounted Louis Revival Bureau Plat Desk c1860
  • Antique French Ormolu Mounted Louis Revival Bureau Plat Desk c1860
  • Antique French Ormolu Mounted Louis Revival Bureau Plat Desk c1860
  • Antique French Ormolu Mounted Louis Revival Bureau Plat Desk c1860
  • Antique French Ormolu Mounted Louis Revival Bureau Plat Desk c1860
  • Antique French Ormolu Mounted Louis Revival Bureau Plat Desk c1860
  • Antique French Ormolu Mounted Louis Revival Bureau Plat Desk c1860
  • Antique French Ormolu Mounted Louis Revival Bureau Plat Desk c1860
  • Antique French Ormolu Mounted Louis Revival Bureau Plat Desk c1860
  • Antique French Ormolu Mounted Louis Revival Bureau Plat Desk c1860
  • Antique French Ormolu Mounted Louis Revival Bureau Plat Desk c1860
  • Antique French Ormolu Mounted Louis Revival Bureau Plat Desk c1860
  • Antique French Ormolu Mounted Louis Revival Bureau Plat Desk c1860
  • Antique French Ormolu Mounted Louis Revival Bureau Plat Desk c1860
  • Antique French Ormolu Mounted Louis Revival Bureau Plat Desk c1860
  • Antique French Ormolu Mounted Louis Revival Bureau Plat Desk c1860
  • Antique French Ormolu Mounted Louis Revival Bureau Plat Desk c1860
  • Antique French Ormolu Mounted Louis Revival Bureau Plat Desk c1860
  • Antique French Ormolu Mounted Louis Revival Bureau Plat Desk c1860
  • Antique French Ormolu Mounted Louis Revival Bureau Plat Desk c1860
  • Antique French Ormolu Mounted Louis Revival Bureau Plat Desk c1860
Ref:08275
Price: £9,750.00
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This is a gorgeous antique French kingwood  Louis revival bureau plat with highly decorative ormolu mounts, circa 1860 in date.

The rectangular top with 
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 has fabulous ormolu handles and mounts, working locks and key and  three solid walnut lined capacious drawers for all of your storage needs.

It is  freestanding and finished on all sides so that it can stand freely in the centre of a room.

It is raised on elegant cabriole legs with ormolu mounts having scallop motifs and hoof feet.

This is a truly lovely piece which will display beautifully in any interior.
 

Condition:

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

Dimensions in cm:

Height 76 x Width 142 x Depth 83

Height 62 - Kneehole

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 6 inches x Width 4 feet, 8 inches x Depth 2 feet, 9 inches

Height 2 feet, 0 inches - Kneehole

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.

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.

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: 08275

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