Antique French Provincial Carved Green Man Oak Library Desk Writing Table (Circa 1870)


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Object Description

This is an attractive and superb quality antique French provincial carved oak rectangular library table / desk, circa 1870, in good original condition.

• Item: Library Table / Desk
• Circa: 1870
• Provenance: France
• Period: 2nd Empire
• Wood: Solid oak
• Size: 5ft 10⅝” wide x 1ft 11⅜” deep
• Freestanding
• Stunning carvings
• Boarded framed top
• Floral moulded top & frieze
• Two larges drawers
• Hand dovetailed
• Original brass swan neck handles
• Barley twist legs
• Connecting turned central stretcher
• Central stretcher finial
• Elegant block carvings to stretchers
• Decorative & functional item
• Original polish & patination
• Stunning quality
• Original condition
• Free 14 day UK returns

This is an attractive and superb quality antique French provincial carved oak rectangular desk table, circa 1870, in good original condition. The top of the desk table features stunning wide oak plank top within a boarded mitered frame, finished with a decorative floral thumb moulding. Below, there are two large intricately carved grape vine moulded drawers, enriched by punch work on a sunken matted background, with original brass swan neck handles, flanked by floral carved panels. There are similar carvings on the frieze to the sides and back of the desk, enabling the desk to be freestanding in the centre of a room. The large drawers are oak lined and constructed with hand dovetail joints. The table is raised on four barley twist legs, which are united by twin turned stretchers and a central barley twist stretcher on turned feet. The stretchers incorporate block sections at intervals, with fine floral carving, and a central finial.

This period table is large enough to be used as a desk or a large side / console table. It would look ideal in either a traditional or contemporary setting.

The table boasts a rich brown oak colour. As it boasts the original polish, it has a fantastic colour and patination; this can only be achieved through age and years of care and cleaning it has received.

This item would compliment any home or office. So, don’t miss out on your chance to own a lovely piece of furniture!

Table Height = 77.3cm or 30½” or 2ft 6½”
Knee Height = 59.4cm or 23⅜” or 1ft 11⅜”
Width = 149cm or 58⅝” or 4ft 10⅝”
Depth = 79cm or 31⅛” or 2ft 7⅛”

The price for this item is £1,475 including free delivery to England, Wales & Southern Scotland*.

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.

Delivery times are usually 1-4 weeks depending on location; we aim to deliver the majority of items within 2 weeks. All items are professionally packaged and fully insured in transit, therefore, we can assure you, your items will be securely protected in transit and arrive safely with you.

Once you have purchased an item, we will contact you by email and/or telephone and provide you with a provisional delivery date, in order for you to confirm if it is suitable for you. Once you have confirmed you can accept delivery on the provisional delivery date, we will book the delivery in with our shippers and it then becomes a confirmed delivery date.

We will also provide you with our shippers’ contact details, in case you need to contact the driver on the day of delivery. It’s helpful if you can provide us with both the landline and mobile telephone number, in case the driver cannot reach you on one of the numbers on the day of delivery, they can contact you on your alternative number.

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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 Condition

This table is in good original condition. Nominal old use marks to the top and leading edges, but nothing significant considering the age of the item. All the carvings is intact and in good condition. The two working drawers are in good working order; they feature the original brass swan neck handles and close flush to the frame. The drawers retain the original working lever locks (with key). The table boasts its original polish; it has a fantastic colour and patination to the top. The table is solid in joint (does not wobble) and is ready to use.

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+44 (0)1829 458 070
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Dealer Location

Unit 4
Organsdale Farm
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