FINE ART DECO BIRCH, ROSEWOOD, STEEL AND GRAY LEATHER WRITING DESK
Of the Streamline Modern movement, circa 1930
Item # 712ZKM08A
Crafted with inordinate attention to detail, this exquisite desk captures the very essence of the Art Deco movement with its rich exploration of contrasting materials. The use of what appears to be bakelite as cylinders set inside of custom cast steel is typical of a period where designers sought to introduce textures and elements that had never before been employed in furnishings. The very fine quality of the cast steel is noteworthy, this beautifully turned, cast and finished to result in zero surface flaws and a very tight tension fit with the bakelite. Three drawers slide seamlessly in and out of the desk, these with perfectly hand cut dovetails and extraordinary finishing; the drawers with squared edges are dovetailed, the inner sides of the outer drawers are joined with a slotted dovetail that joins into the drawer face from the underside. The entire desk rests over a rosewood footer that conforms to the demilune curvature of the sides, the back edge raised over added pads to give the desk a slight downward tilt for comfortable writing - these are easily removable for a flat desk surface.
For the connoisseur who cares about the details and careful craftsmanship, this is a desk that pushes the envelope of design in its time. We also may have available the pair of diminutive bookcases en suite with this desk and the club chair that was also clearly made by the same designer - search through our inventory to see if those are also available. The desk and other pieces have a very interesting provenance that is available upon request.
Measurements: 60” W x 27” D x 29 3/4” H
Light scuffs and surface discolorations, long since oxidized and beautifully polished into the surface. Minor wear to cylinder pulls. Original custom cast steel hardware and gorgeous leather top.