Antique Empire Revival Mahogany & Brass Set Pedestal Desk C1880
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This is an Mahogany & Brass Empire Revival antique Pedestal Desk dating from around 1880. It is a fine example of a French Empire Revival pedestal desk in mahogany with hand hammered brass decoration.
Having been crafted from superb quality mahogany, this antique pedestal desk features a very attractive rectangular green and gold tooled leather inset writing surface which not only looks good but is also a joy to write on.
By way of storage, there are three large frieze drawers in addition to the three draws that can be found in each of the pedestals. All of the drawers feature the original ormolu drop handles. Each drawer also features beautiful hand cut dovetails and is lined with solid oak.
One of the drawers features a lockable internal compartment for storage of personal items and correspondence. In order to increase the available work space you will note that there is also a pull out slide on each side of the desk, each of which also features a green leather top with gold tooling to match the writing surface on the desk top.
This antique pedestal desk is supplied complete with working locks and keys.
More about the Empire Style
Empire Style was a French design movement in architecture, furniture and other decorative arts that took place in the early 19th Century. It was inspired by Napoleon I and taking its name from his First French Empire, it took its motifs from the ancient Greek and Roman empires as well as from ancient Egypt when Napoleon’s successful military campaigns in the region brought renewed interest in ancient Egyptian archaeology and artifacts. This style was revived during the latter part of the 19th century.
This antique pedestal desk is in superb condition. It has been fully restored in our workshops, by our own craftsmen and to the highest standards. You can see this for yourself by examining the photographs included in this description.
Will it Fit?
This is a substantial Empire revival desk, so please do make sure to measure the space where you would like to place it. For your guidance, the desk’s dimensions are as follows:
In centimeters: height 76 x width 145 x depth 80.
In feet and inches: height 2’6″ x width 4’9″ x depth 2’7″.
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 Empire revival pedestal desk. 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 antique pedestal desk you are referring to.
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Shipping, Delivery and Return
This is a antique pedestal desk 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 Empire revival pedestal 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 145 x Depth 80
Height 59 x Width 57 - Kneehole
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 feet, 6 inches x Width 4 feet, 9 inches x Depth 2 feet, 7 inches
Height 1 foot, 11 inches x Width 1 foot, 10 inches - Kneehole
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: 08325
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