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Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century

Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
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  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Empire Ormolu Mounted Desk & Armchair 19th Century | Ref. no. A2567 | Regent Antiques
Ref: A2567
Price: £7,500.00
A superb Napoleon III Ormolu Mounted Empire mahogany pedestal desk and armchair set, circa 1880 in date. This imposing Empire...
A superb Napoleon III Ormolu Mounted Empire mahogany pedestal desk and armchair set, circa 1880 in date.

This imposing Empire Revival pedestal desk is mounted with fine ormolu neo-classical mounts including rosettes, escutcheons and palmettes.

The desk has a rectangular top with an inset gilt-tooled green leather writing surface above three frieze drawers flanked by ormolu Pharaonic herms maiden masks  with nemes headress and feet. Each cupboard door opens to reveal three slides / drawers in each pedestal and the desk is raised on plinth bases with lion paw feet.

The desk is freestanding with a beautifully panelled back and comes complete with the original working locks and keys.


The matching armchair consists of a shaped top rail with brass laurel leaf and rosette mounts with sphinx heads and laurel leaf mounts. It has been reupholstered in sumptuous green leather upholstery. The chair is raised on tapered legs to the front with brass feet and outswept legs to the back.

The matching desk and chair set will soon become the centrepiece of your furniture collection, there is no mistaking the sophisticated quality and design and it is certain to enhance the style and elegance of any living area, bedroom, or reception.


Condition:

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




Dimensions in cm:

Height 78 x Width 160 x Depth 84 - Desk

Height 95 x Width 63 x Depth 58 - Armchair

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 foot, 7 inches x Width 5 foot, 3 inches x Depth 2 foot, 9 inches - Desk

Height 3 feet, 1 inch x Width 2 feet, 1 inch x Depth 1 foot, 11 inches - Armchair

Our reference: A2567

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

Empire style

is an early-19th-century design movement in architecturefurniture, other decorative arts, and the visual arts followed in Europe and America until around 1830.

The style originated in and takes its name from the rule of Napoleon I in the First French Empire, where it was intended to idealize Napoleon's leadership and the French state. The style corresponds to the Biedermeier style in the German-speaking lands, Federal style in the United States and to the Regency style in Britain. The previous style was called Louis XVI style, in France.

The Empire style was based on aspects of the Roman Empire. It is the second phase of neoclassicism which is also called "Directoire", after a goverment system.
Furniture typically had symbols and ornaments borrowed from the glorious ancient Greek and Roman empires.

The furniture was made from heavy woods such as mahogany and ebony, imported from the colonies, with dark finishes often with decorative bronze mounts. Marble tops were popular as were Egyptian motifs like sphinxes, griffins, urns and eagles and the Napoleonic symbols, the eagle, the bee, the initials "I" and a large "N." 
Gilded bronze (ormolu) details displayed a high level of craftsmanship.

 

Ormolu - Gilt Bronze (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.

 

 

Dimensions in cm:

Height 78 x Width 160 x Depth 84 - Desk

Height 95 x Width 63 x Depth 58 - Armchair

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 foot, 7 inches x Width 5 foot, 3 inches x Depth 2 foot, 9 inches - Desk

Height 3 feet, 1 inch x Width 2 feet, 1 inch x Depth 1 foot, 11 inches - Armchair

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Buyers are fully responsible for any customs duties or local taxes that may be incurred on items sent outside of the United Kingdom, and we are not responsible for any delays in shipping or in the customs procedures of any jurisdiction, which are completely beyond our control.

Returns will be processed within 2-3 business days of receipt.

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