Louis XV-Louis XVI transitional bureau plat or writing table is mounted in bronze dore or gilt bronze. Polished brasses were hardly exciting enough and needed to have a coat of gold to please the demanding taste for the finest. The inset leather writing surface is gold embossed at the rim, corners, and center with leafage and tendrils. Three arcaded drawers face the sitter with a faux drawer arrangement on the other side. Each drawer face is banded in kingwood with diagonal grain filling the center. Each side of the case is mounted with a gilt cartouche. All is supported by four cabriole legs of most elegant form, again mounted with ormolu bronze in leafage and tendril designs. This is the age of elegance of French design in furniture.
This is an 18th century piece with all the correct mortise joints, hand saw and plane marks. The old surface underneath is naturally darkened with age without any modern staining or painting. There is a old inventory number along with numerous pencil notations hidden below. H.29″, w. 63″, d. 28.5″.
Elegance, of course, will never be out of style. Please call or email for more details about this opportunity.