Antique French Louis Revival Kingwood & Ormolu Bureau Plat Desk 19th C
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This is a gorgeous French Louis XV Revival serpentine antique bureau plat crafted in kingwood and featuring ormolu mounts dating from around 1880.
The quality of this wonderful antique bureau plat has to be seen to believed. The wonderful gilt brass mounts add a level of sophistication that is second to none. The shaped top has a fabulous decorative gilt bronze border with raised corner cartouches and the writing surface is inset green leather with gold tooling.
This amazing antique bureau plat has three oak lined frieze drawers on one side and dummy drawers on the other making it freestanding. With fantastic crossbanded decoration, ormolu handles and mounts and working locks and keys, this is a glorious desk in the quintessential French Louis XV Revival style.
Raised on elegant cabriole legs with ormolu mounts and feet, this is a truly spectacular antique bureau plat will be sure to draw amazed attention wherever it is placed.
Kingwood is a classic furniture wood mainly used for inlays on very fine furniture such as this antique bureau plat. The wood is very dense and hard but can be polished up to a spectacular finish and a lovely brownish-purple in colour with many fine darker stripes and the occasional irregular swirl.
Ormolu is an 18th century English term for the process of applying finely ground high-carat gold to a copper, brass or bronze object to produce a gold coloured ‘veneer’. Originally the process used a mercury amalgam containing the gold to coat the object, but when the use of mercury was outlawed around 1830, electroplating was used instead. This fantastic antique bureau plat dating from around 1880 would have used the electroplating method to produce the ormolu (gilt brass) effect.
Having been fully restored in our workshops, this antique bureau plat is in excellent condition. Please take a few moments to confirm this for yourself by looking at our gallery of photographs. You will also be able to appreciate just what special item this antique bureau plat is.
We have an extensive range of desks and writing tables here.
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Dimensions in cm:
Height 79 x Width 165 x Depth 85
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 feet, 7 inches x Width 5 feet, 5 inches x Depth 2 feet, 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: 09052
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