Antique Monumental 7ft French Ormolu Mounted Bureau Plat Desk 19th Century
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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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Dimensions in cm:
Height 82 x Width 209 x Depth 106
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 feet, 8 inches x Width 6 feet, 10 inches x Depth 3 feet, 6 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: 08971
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