Antique French Ormolu Mounted Parquetry Bureau Plat Desk 19th C
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This fabulous antique parquetry desk has been accomplished in the French Louis XV Revival style and dates from around 1880.
This fabulous mahogany bureau plat has highly decorative ormolu mounts featuring caryatids on the legs as well as other fabulous gilt bronze decoration. There is a decorative gilt bronze border, raised corner cartouches together with a green leather writing surface that is gold tooled.
This antique parquetry desk has three frieze drawers on one side and dummy drawers on the other meaning that it is freestanding and can be placed in any location in the room. This wonderful mahogany bureau plat is raised on four elegant cabriole legs which apart from the gilded ormolu caryatids, also terminate in ormolu sabot feet.
There is also wonderful inlaid parquetry decoration and there are further ormolu mounts and handles all of which contribute to the spectacular styling of this fantastic mahogany bureau plat. It also has working locks and the original key.
You will be able to see from the photographs we have provided, that this mahogany bureau plat is in excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned and polished in one of our workshops. Do take a few moments to confirm this for yourself and to appreciate the fabulous styling of this amazing antique parquetry desk.
Viewing This Antique Parquetry Desk In Person
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Shipping, Delivery and Returns
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Dimensions in cm:
Height 77 x Width 172 x Depth 90
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 feet, 6 inches x Width 5 feet, 8 inches x Depth 2 feet, 11 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: 09079
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