This is a fantastic large antique French Empire Revival mahogany partners desk, Circa 1880 in date.
This desk has been beautifully crafted from mahogany with superb boxwood line inlaid decoration. The rectangular top is fitted with a striking gold tooled green leather inset writing surface over an arrangement of five drawers to each side, all fitted with decrative brass drop handles.
The desk is raised on square tapering legs that terminate in striking ormolu paw feet.
It is beautifully decorated with superb cast gilded ormolu mounts and escutcheons and is complete with the original working locks and keys.
In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 75 x Width 170 x Depth 126
Dimensions in inches:
Height 29.5 x Width 66.9 x Depth 49.6
is an early-19th-century design movement in architecture, furniture, other decorative arts, and the visual arts followed in Europe and America until around 1830.
The style originated in and takes its name from the rule of Napoleon I in the First French Empire, where it was intended to idealize Napoleon’s leadership and the French state. The style corresponds to the Biedermeier style in the German-speaking lands, Federal style in the United States and to the Regency style in Britain. The previous style was called Louis XVI style, in France.
The Empire style was based on aspects of the Roman Empire. It is the second phase of neoclassicism which is also called “Directoire”, after a goverment system.
Furniture typically had symbols and ornaments borrowed from the glorious ancient Greek and Roman empires.
The furniture was made from heavy woods such as mahogany and ebony, imported from the colonies, with dark finishes often with decorative bronze mounts. Marble tops were popular as were Egyptian motifs like sphinxes, griffins, urns and eagles and the Napoleonic symbols, the eagle, the bee, the initials “I” and a large “N.”
Gilded bronze (ormolu) details displayed a high level of craftsmanship.
Our reference: A1210