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Antique Burr Walnut & Marquetry Writing Table Desk c.1870

Antique marquetry writing table | Ref. no. 08631 | Regent Antiques Sold
Ref: 08631
Price: £ 0.00
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We are delighted to be able to offer for sale this lovely English antique marquetry writing table crafted from burr walnut and dating from around 1870.

This fine antique marquetry writing table features delicate foliate marquetry and a chocolate brown gold tooled leather writing surface. This lifts to reveal a large storage space and is flanked by counter lifting stationery compartments either side which are executed with fretwork. These are designed to hold envelopes and other writing accoutrements. The internal storage space has not been divided up in any way which means you can store items such as large sheets of paper or larger books without any hindrance.

It stands on carved and reeded legs that terminate in their original brass and porcelain castors. This gorgeous antique marquetry writing table is finished on all sides so that it can stand in any location in a room. It is also lockable and the key is provided.

The graining of the burr walnut is particularly evident and this shows off the fine design and craftsmanship that have gone into this wonderful antique marquetry writing table. Also the curved shaping of the top adds a style and sophistication that is sure to make a statement wherever it is placed. Its size also means that it will be able to be comfortably accommodated in most spaces.

Burr walnut refers to the swirling figure that most walnut has when it is cut and polished, particularly that wood that is taken from the area where the trunk joins the roots of the tree. However, true burr is a rare growth that occurs on walnut trees where hundreds of tiny branches have started to sprout. This type of wood produces some of the most beautiful and complex figurings that can be found in any wood grain.

This antique marquetry writing table is in an exceptional condition having been fully refurbished in our workshops. You can observe this in the photos we have supplied in our gallery. Kindly take a few minutes to take a look at them and assure yourself of this.

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Fantastic pieces such as this antique marquetry writing table demand specialized packing and shipping to guarantee they get to you in the exact same condition that they left us. We take great pride in our shipping experience and can send to virtually any location globally. However, we ask you to get in contact to talk about transport plans and get a quotation before making any acquisitions, as we want to be sure that we can fulfill all your shipping specifications. As you will understand, some articles need to have delicate handling and we will need to ensure that everything is available to get it to you safely and securely. Please quote the item reference number for this antique marquetry writing table when getting in contact so we know precisely what the shipping requirements will require.

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If you are not happy with this antique marquetry writing table, we supply a 14 day money-back guarantee in compliance with the Distance Selling Regulations. If you do choose to return it, you will have 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 return the product back in its' original condition and packaging.

You are also responsible for any customs duties, taxes or fees that fall due outside the European Union.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 74 x Width 108 x Depth 53

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 5 inches x Width 3 feet, 6 inches x Depth 1 foot, 9 inches

Our reference: 08631

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 figurings you can find.

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 coloured marbles. In Florence, the Chapel of the Medici at San Lorenzo is completely covered in a coloured marble facing using this demanding jig-sawn technique.

Techniques of wood marquetry were developed in Antwerp and other Flemish centres 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 108 x Depth 53

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 5 inches x Width 3 feet, 6 inches x Depth 1 foot, 9 inches


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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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