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Antique Victorian Burr Walnut & Marquetry Writing Table Desk 19th C

antique marquetry writing table | Ref. no. 09076 | Regent Antiques Sold
Ref: 09076
Price: £ 0.00
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You really must see this piece. This is a truly astonishing antique marquetry writing table, crafted from glowing burr walnut and dating from around 1870.

This exquisite antique marquetry writing table, dripping decadence, is crafted from beautiful burr walnut with a wonderfully playful band of marquetry decoration comprising flowers and parakeets. It has a decorative scroll carved border above a single full width frieze drawer and is raised on scrolling X-shaped end supports that are joined by a carved stretcher and stand on scroll feet with their original brass castors. Mere description does not do these exquisite features justice. They take the breath away.

An antique marquetry writing table of this breathtaking beauty does not often come along. It is a quite simply a stunning piece of furniture that will cause jaws to drop wherever it is displayed.

Condition Of This Antique Marquetry Writing Table

This antique marquetry writing table is in a great condition having been wonderfully restored in our workshops. Kindly take a few minutes to look at the pictures to assure yourself of this.

To Setup A Meeting To View This Antique Marquetry Writing Table In Person

You will agree that it's a good idea to look at precious items like this antique marquetry writing table in-person before you buy. With this thought, we are always delighted to greet purchasers at our North London salesroom to check this attractive antique marquetry writing table for yourself. When you are here you will also be able to study our extended range of other amazing articles and also talk over any questions or problems. Our in house consultants are on hand to reply to queries, not just about this antique marquetry writing table but also about antiques and collectibles more generally. They have a great deal of experience and are always pleased to advise.

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Shipping, Delivery and Returns

Fine objects such as this antique marquetry writing table need skilled packing and transportation to guarantee they arrive in the same shape that they left us. We take great pride in our shipping experience and can deliver to virtually any location worldwide. However, we ask you to contact us to discuss delivery plans and get an estimate prior to making any acquisitions, as we will need to be positive that we can fulfill all your transportation specifications. As you will recognize, some articles need sensitive handling and we want to ensure that everything is in position 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 involve.

You will be pleased to know that shipping is free to any mainland UK destination.

If you are not pleased with this antique marquetry writing table, we offer a 14 day money-back guarantee in line with the Distance Selling Regulations. If you do need 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 send the item 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 75 x Width 145 x Depth 75

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 foot, 5 inches x Width 4 foot, 9 inches x Depth 2 foot, 5 inches

Our reference: 09076

Walnut & Burr Walnut

Walnut is a hard, dense, tight- grained wood that polishes to a very smooth finish. It is a popular and attractive wood whose colour ranges from near white in the sapwood to a dark hew in the heartwood. When dried in a kiln, walnut wood tends to develop a dull brown colour, but when air-dried can become a rich purplish-brown. Because of its colour, hardness and grain, it is a prized furniture and carving wood. Walnut veneer was highly priced and the cost would reflect the ‘fanciness’ of the veneer – the more decorative, then the more expensive and desirable.

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 figuring you can find.

Walnut "burrs" were often used to make fabulous furniture.  Veneer sliced from walnut burl is one of the most valuable and highly prized by cabinet makers and prestige car manufacturers and is also a favourite material for shotgun stocks.

 Inlay was commonly used in the production of decorative burr walnut furniture, where pieces of coloured veneers are inlaid into the surface of the walnut, adding delicate or intricate patterns and designs. Inlays normally use various exotic  veneers, but other materials such as  mother-of-pearl, brass or bone were  also be used.


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

Techniques of wood marquetry were developed in Antwerp and other Flemish centers 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 75 x Width 145 x Depth 75

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 foot, 5 inches x Width 4 foot, 9 inches x Depth 2 foot, 5 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 United Kingdom.

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