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

Antique Victorian Burr Walnut & Floral  Marquetry Writing Table Desk 19th C | Ref. no. A1152 | Regent Antiques
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  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut & Floral  Marquetry Writing Table Desk 19th C | Ref. no. A1152 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut & Floral  Marquetry Writing Table Desk 19th C | Ref. no. A1152 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut & Floral  Marquetry Writing Table Desk 19th C | Ref. no. A1152 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut & Floral  Marquetry Writing Table Desk 19th C | Ref. no. A1152 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut & Floral  Marquetry Writing Table Desk 19th C | Ref. no. A1152 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut & Floral  Marquetry Writing Table Desk 19th C | Ref. no. A1152 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut & Floral  Marquetry Writing Table Desk 19th C | Ref. no. A1152 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut & Floral  Marquetry Writing Table Desk 19th C | Ref. no. A1152 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut & Floral  Marquetry Writing Table Desk 19th C | Ref. no. A1152 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut & Floral  Marquetry Writing Table Desk 19th C | Ref. no. A1152 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut & Floral  Marquetry Writing Table Desk 19th C | Ref. no. A1152 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut & Floral  Marquetry Writing Table Desk 19th C | Ref. no. A1152 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut & Floral  Marquetry Writing Table Desk 19th C | Ref. no. A1152 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut & Floral  Marquetry Writing Table Desk 19th C | Ref. no. A1152 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut & Floral  Marquetry Writing Table Desk 19th C | Ref. no. A1152 | Regent Antiques
Ref: A1152
Price: £2,950.00
A stupendous antique Victorian burr walnut, floral marquetry and ormolu mounted writing table, circa 1860 in date. ...

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A stupendous antique Victorian burr walnut, floral marquetry and ormolu mounted writing table, circa 1860 in date.

This superb desk is crafted from  beautiful burr walnut with an inset gold tooled burgundy leather that has a wonderful band of floral marquetry decoration around it. It has a single full width frieze drawer and is raised on elegant ormolu mounted cabriole legs

This writing table is a beautiful example of a free standing piece of furniture which is certain to make a statement wherever it is placed.

 

Condition:

In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned, polished, waxed and releathered in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.


Dimensions in cm:

Height 75 x Width 112 x Depth 78

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 5 inches x Width 3 feet, 8 inches x Depth 2 feet, 7 inches

Our reference: A1152

Please feel free to email or call us (+44 20 8809 9605) to arrange a viewing in our North London warehouse.

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.

 

Marquetry
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.
  

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.

After around 1830 because legislation had outlawed the use of mercury other techniques were used instead. Electroplating is the most common modern technique. Ormolu techniques are essentially the same as those used on silver, to produce silver-gilt..

  

Dimensions in cm:

Height 75 x Width 112 x Depth 78

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 5 inches x Width 3 feet, 8 inches x Depth 2 feet, 7 inches

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