Antique Burr Walnut & Marquetry Writing Table Desk c.1870
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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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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
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: 08631
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