Antique French Style Marquetry and Parquetry Table or Bureau Plat


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Object Description

A very rare (English made) Antique Table in the French Louis XV style.

The table was probably made by the London firm of H Lawford who were known for producing furniture in the Louis XV style and this design is similar to those they made in the late 19th century.

This superb antique marquetry and *parquetry table was made as a statement piece and is very impressive. The top has a central oval parquetry panel made from rosewood, satinwood and tulipwood. This type of marquetry top is not common in writing tables as there would normally be a writing leather top. The central panel is surrounded by a border of arabesques of tulipwood inlaid into figured walnut. The thumb moulded edge is of cross grained rosewood.

Similar parquetry is found all around the frieze below the and there is one central drawer lined in mahogany with hand cut dovetail joints.

The table stands on 4 cabriole legs with floral rococo style ormolu mounts down the front of the legs.

This spectacular and very rare antique table would make a stunning centrepiece to any room and is a real talking point with all who see it.

The visual delight that marquetry provides, and the design versatility is perhaps why the technique has been used from the 17th century to modern times and the use of rare woods can create beautiful effects.

Condition: This stunning antique Louis XV style table is in excellent original condition. It has been cleaned and wax polished and the original ormolu mounts retain their water-gilding.

Date: circa 1870

Width: 54.5 inches – 138cm.
Depth: 33 inches – 84cm.
Height to top: 29.5 inches – 75cm.
Height to kneehole: 24 inches 61cm.

Object Literature

*Marquetry is the application of veneers to the structure of a piece of furniture. Marquetry involves pictorial designs, parquetry, on the other hand, uses the same technique but with geometric designs that repeat, much like a parquet floor. Such as on the centre panel of this this table.

Both Marquetry and Parquetry are different from inlay work, which may have a similar look, but instead of veneers adhered onto a solid item, the body of the furniture is carved out to receive a piece of wood which is inlaid. This table has marquetry work inlaid into the side panels.

Object Condition

Excellent condition

Object Details

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Dealer Contact

+44 (0)1562752849
+44 (0)7970989373

Dealer Location

Studio House
143 Chester Road South
DY10 1XB
United Kingdom

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