Antique Burr Walnut & Ebonised Ormolu Mounted Writing Table Desk c.1870 19th C

GBP 3,875.00

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Object Description

An elegant antique English Victorian burr walnut and ebonised writing table, circa 1870 in date.

The shaped burr walnut and line inlaid top features a stunning ormolu border with a gold tooled inset black leather writing surface above twin fitted drawers.

The table sits on four ormolu mounted turned tapered walnut and ebonised legs that terminate in their original porcelain and brass castors. It is finished on all sides so that it can stand freely in the centre of a room.

Complete with working locks and key.

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

Dimensions in cm:
Height 70 x Width 130 x Depth 67

Dimensions in inches:
Height 27.6 x Width 51.2 x Depth 26.4

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 figurings you can find.

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 copper, brass, 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..

Our reference: 09981

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