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Antique Monumental 7ft French Ormolu Mounted Bureau Plat Desk 19th Century

antique ormolu bureau plat desk | Ref. no. 08971 | Regent Antiques Sold
Ref: 08971
Price: £ 0.00
We present to you this is a fine and rare antique ormolu bureau plat desk. It is a mounted French kingwood bureau plat after Charl...

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We present to you this is a fine and rare antique ormolu bureau plat desk. It is a mounted French kingwood bureau plat after Charles Cressent, dating from around 1860. It bears the label of Bedle & Cie and features wonderful highly decorative ormolu mounts.

The shaped rectangular top of this delightful antique ormolu bureau plat desk has a decorative ormolu border and is inset with a superb gilt-tooled tan leather writing surface. It has one long central and two short shaped frieze drawers on one side and false drawers on the other. All the drawers have working locks and keys. The desk is raised on beautiful slender cabriole legs headed by stunning scrolled foliate and shell-cast Venus mask espagnolettes, terminating in ormolu lion's paw sabots. Each side of this antique ormolu bureau plat desk is mounted with an acanthus, scroll and lambrequin adorned ormolu Diana Mask and, as an added bonus, it is finished on all sides so that it can stand freely in the centre of a room.

This piece follows the celebrated Charles Cressent model, one of which forms part of the renowned collection at the John Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Charles Cressent (1685–1768) was a French furniture-maker, sculptor and founder of the régence style. He was a pupil of the renowned André Charles Boulle and is widely viewed as one of the best decorative artist of the 18th century.

This antique ormolu bureau plat desk is a truly exquisite and historic piece which will display beautifully in any interior and surely become the focus of your guests admiring attention.

Condition Of This Antique Ormolu Bureau Plat Desk

This antique ormolu bureau plat desk is in an exceptional condition having been beautifully cleaned and polished in our workshops as can be observed in the images we have supplied in our set of pics. Kindly take a few minutes to take a look at them and assure yourself of this.

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Fantastic objects such as this antique ormolu bureau plat desk require professional packing and transport to guarantee they get to you in the exact condition that they left us. We take great pride in our shipping know-how and can send to just about any destination globally. However, we ask you to get in touch to review delivery arrangements and obtain a quotation before making any acquisitions, as we need to be positive that we can satisfy all your transportation specifications. As you will appreciate, some things require delicate handling and we need to see to it that everything is available to get it to you safely and securely. Please quote the item reference number for this antique ormolu bureau plat desk when getting in contact so we know exactly what the shipping needs will encompass.

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If you are not pleased with this antique ormolu bureau plat desk, we provide a 14 day money-back guarantee in compliance with the Distance Selling Regulations. If you do intend to return it, you will need to pay the return shipping charges, unless we sent you an item materially different to what you were anticipating or have mis-described it in some material way. You must send the article back in its' original condition and packaging.

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

Our reference: 08971

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.

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.


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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.

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