Antique English Art Deco Ruhlmann Style Figured Walnut & Macassar Ebony Office Pedestal Desk (Circa 1940)

GBP 1,250.00

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Object Description

Here is a fine quality antique English Art Deco Ruhlmann style figured walnut & macassar ebony pedestal office desk, circa 1940, in excellent condition.

• Circa: 1940
• Period: Art Deco
• Wood: Figured Walnut & Macassar Ebony
• Item: Art Deco Desk
• Size: 3ft 8½”wide x 1ft 7⅝”deep
• Superb figured walnut geometric veneers
• Moulded top
• Stepped design & clean lines
• 3 drawers
• Mahogany lined & quarter beaded drawers
• Dovetail drawer joints
• 2 cupboards
• Original Bakelite drawer handles
• Recessed rosewood plinths
• Inset side panels
• Original polish & patination
• Excellent condition
• Single piece desk
• Free delivery to mainland England, Wales & southern Scotland*
• 14-day free UK returns policy

Here is a fine quality antique English Art Deco Ruhlmann style figured walnut & macassar ebony pedestal office desk, circa 1930, in excellent condition. The desk boasts a fantastic geometric figured walnut veneer design to the top and front. The desktop features stunning quality burr walnut mirror-matched veneer moulded top, above three drawers. The drawers feature dovetail construction, are mahogany lined and quarter beaded. The drawers also retain their original black Bakelite handles. To both pedestals is a two-tier internal compartment. The doors to the compartments both retain their original spring-loaded latch mechanisms. The pedestals terminate on recessed macassar ebony veneered plinths. This desk boasts classic Art Deco styling in the clean lines, handles, feet and geometric design. This is a single piece item.

The desk boasts a rich walnut colour. It has a fantastic colour and patinaton; this can only be achieved through age and years of care and cleaning it has received.

This desk would look superb in a variety of rooms from the work place to the home office. It would certainly grace any home or office and is a great investment, as it is extremely functional. So, don’t miss out on your chance to own a lovely piece of furniture.

Height = 80.8cm or 31⅞” or 2ft 7⅞”
Width = 112.8cm or 44½” or 3ft 8½”
Depth (including handles) = 49.8cm or 19⅝” or 1ft 7⅝”
Knee Height = 62.5cm or 24⅝” or 2ft ⅝”
Knee Width (pedestals) = 46.5cm or 18⅜” or 1ft 6⅜”
Knee Width (plinths) = 48.1cm or 19” or 1ft 7”

The price for this item is £1,250, which includes free delivery to mainland England, Wales & southern Scotland* and free 14-day returns.

Free UK Delivery*:
We offer free delivery to mainland England, Wales, and Southern Scotland (anywhere south of Stirling). *We do not offer free delivery to locations north of Stirling in Scotland, Northern Ireland, or any British Islands off the mainland; for example, the Isle of Man, Isle of White and Channel Islands. If you live in one of the areas where we do not offer free delivery, please contact us for a delivery quote before purchasing the item. Delivery will be made by our specialised antique furniture delivery service, or in some cases we will use a courier service for distant deliveries.

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Free 14 Days UK Returns & Refunds:
A free 14-day “no quibble” returns policy (from the date you receive the item) is available if you are not happy with this item. We will collect the item free of charge from you (we do not charge a return fee / collection fee). You will be given a full refund as long as the item is returned in the same condition. We will collect returns using our own specialist furniture delivery company. We will not accept returns via a courier service (due to experience of damaged items in transit). This refund policy only applies to deliveries to the UK.

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About the Seller:
This item is being sold by Yola Gray Antiques who is an accredited member of LAPADA (the UK’s largest Trade Association of Professional Art and Antique Dealers) and CINOA. CINOA is the world association of Art & Antique dealer associations. All LAPADA & CINOA members abide by their strict code of practice by adhering to reputable standards of quality, expertise and integrity.

Yola Gray has dealt in fine art and antique furniture for over 40 years. Yola Gray has a special interest in Colonial furniture, specifically Colonial Four Poster Beds. Yola Gray also provides a variety of fine English Antique Furniture, Art and Fabrics to clients in the UK, Europe and further afield.

Please visit the Yola Gray website at for further items and information.

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Object History

Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann (28 August 1879 – 15 November 1933), his first names often seen reversed as Jacques-Émile, was a renowned French designer of furniture and interiors, epitomising for many the glamour of the French Art Deco style of the 1910s and 1920s. He was born in Paris to Alsatian parents who were in the general decorating business. When his father died in 1907, he took over the family firm. In 1919 Ruhlmann founded, with Pierre Laurent, the company Ruhlmann et Laurent, specializing in interior design and producing luxury home goods that included furniture, wallpaper and lighting. By this time, Ruhlmann was making formal elegant furniture using precious and exotic woods in combination with ivory fittings, giving them a classic, timeless appeal. Ruhlmann’s legacy as a designer was the subject of a major retrospective exhibition at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2004. In 2009, he was called the “Art Deco’s greatest artist” by the New York Times.

Object Condition

This desk is in excellent condition. It is has been adapted from a dressing table. The desk has been French polished by hand, to a professional standard in our workshop. Nominal old use marks to the leading edges and insides of drawers, but nothing significant considering the age of the item. There are no marks, stains or scratches to the top of the desk. There is no damage to the desk. The drawers and cupboard doors retain their original Bakelite handles. The drawers also feature dovetail construction, mahogany interiors and quarter beading, closing flush to the frame. This is a single piece desk; it does not dismantle into sections. The desk boasts a rich walnut colour. It has a fantastic colour and patinaton; this can only be achieved through age and years of care and cleaning it has received. This item is well constructed, solid in joint and ready to use.

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