French Neoclassical Marquetry Inlaid Writing Desk, 19th Century
FINE FRENCH NEOCLASSICAL LEATHER TOP WRITING TABLE
Circa late 19th century
Item # 1505FGP17W
With some of the finest marquetry inlays, this exquisite bureau plat is a defining piece for the study. Exhibiting clean and delicate Neoclassical lines, the form is light and airy with it's tapering legs that rise from brass capped feet into bold displays of draped doré bronze floral bouquets over flutes with small bronze droplet garlands. The drawer is hand dovetailed at the back corners and slides into the front of the drawer on a half-notched dovetail; the secondary woods of the drawer are a golden oak, but the insides of the drawer are entirely veneered with rosewood. The top retains an early but probably not original tooled leather writing surface within a rim of matched marquetry and surrounded by a thick cast brass edging. The underside of the case is joined with several dovetails at each corner, similar construction employed on the interior of the desk with two very large dovetails joining each turret corner over the legs. When the drawer is removed, an illegible scrawling is visible to the underside of the top - it is a bold and quite neat scrawl of one or two letters, possibly a K or L with another letter. The entire structure is locked together with a curvy stretcher with two lines of stringer inlay, all four joining at the center to culminate in a bronze urn with acanthus foliage draped from it - this is probably an added embellishment, but a quite finely cast and very effective way of giving life to the space beneath the desk.
For the serious connoisseur of fine French furnishings of the 19th Century, this is a very fine and desirable desk of excellent quality.
Measurements: 47" W x 28 3/8" D x 29 1/2" H
Small veneer losses at tops of legs, light marquetry/veneer loss around apron, two spots of marquetry loss around leather top. Old single screw tightening stretcher to one leg. Light scratches and age appropriate wear to the leather top. Includes original key.