This is a lovely antique late Victorian mahogany kidney shaped kneehole desk Circa 1880 in date.
The desk is free standing and made from mahogany. It features gorgeous floral marquetry decoration with satinwood line inlay and banding. The top is inset with a beautiful gold tooled green leather writing surface. The handles, brass castors, and locks are all original and add elegance to this beautiful desk.
This desk features an arrangement of nine drawers for convenient storage, has a beautifully inlaid modesty panel on the rear and is raised on short square tapering legs terminating in brass caps and porcelain castors.
This stunning desk is sure to become the centrepiece of your furniture collection and will receive the maximum amount of attention wherever it is placed.
In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned, polished and releathered in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 75 x Width 122 x Depth 73
Dimensions in inches:
Height 29.5 x Width 48.0 x Depth 28.7
is decorative artistry where pieces of material (such as wood, mother of pearl, pewter, brass silver or shell) of different colours are inserted into surface wood veneer to form intricate patterns such as scrolls or flowers.
The technique of veneered marquetry had its inspiration in 16th century Florence. Marquetry elaborated upon Florentine techniques of inlaying solid marble slabs with designs formed of fitted marbles, jaspers and semi-precious stones. This work, called opere di commessi, has medieval parallels in Central Italian “Cosmati”-work of inlaid marble floors, altars and columns. The technique is known in English as pietra dura, for the “hardstones” used: onyx, jasper, cornelian, lapis lazuli and colored marbles. In Florence, the Chapel of the Medici at San Lorenzo is completely covered in a colored marble facing using this demanding jig-sawn technique.
Techniques of wood marquetry were developed in Antwerp and other Flemish centers of luxury cabinet-making during the early 16th century. The craft was imported full-blown to France after the mid-seventeenth century, to create furniture of unprecedented luxury being made at the royal manufactory of the Gobelins, charged with providing furnishings to decorate Versailles and the other royal residences of Louis XIV. Early masters of French marquetry were the Fleming Pierre Golle and his son-in-law, André-Charles Boulle, who founded a dynasty of royal and Parisian cabinet-makers (ébénistes) and gave his name to a technique of marquetry employing shell and brass with pewter in arabesque or intricately foliate designs.
Our reference: 09338