Antique French Ormolu Mounted Parquetry Bureau Plat Desk 19th C
Antique French Ormolu Mounted Parquetry Bureau Plat Desk 19th C
Antique French Ormolu Mounted Parquetry Bureau Plat Desk 19th C
Antique French Ormolu Mounted Parquetry Bureau Plat Desk 19th C
Antique French Ormolu Mounted Parquetry Bureau Plat Desk 19th C
Antique French Ormolu Mounted Parquetry Bureau Plat Desk 19th C

Antique French Ormolu Mounted Parquetry Bureau Plat Desk 19th C

19th century France

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£6,250 gbp
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This is a gorgeous antique French Louis XV Revival mahogany bureau plat with highly decorative ormolu mounts, circa 1880 in date.

The rectangular top with a decorative gilt bronze border, raised corner cartouches and an inset gold tooled green leather writing surface.

Above three frieze drawers on one side and three dummy drawers on the other. It is raised on four elegant cabriole legs applied with gilded ormolu female caryatids and terminating in ormolu sabot feet.

It has wonderful parquetry inlaid decoration, fabulous ormolu handles and mounts, working locks, original key and three capacious drawers for all of your storage needs.

Being finished on all sides it can stand freely in the middle of a room, making it extremely suitable for a large home or office.

This is a truly lovely piece which will display beautifully in a modern or antique interior.

Condition:
In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned and polished in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:
Height 77 x Width 172 x Depth 90

Dimensions in inches:
Height 30.3 x Width 67.7 x Depth 35.4

Ormolu (from French 'or moulu', signifying ground or pounded gold) is an 18th-century English term for applying finely ground, high-carat gold in a mercury amalgam to an object of bronze.The mercury is driven off in a kiln leaving behind a gold-coloured veneer known as 'gilt bronze'.

The manufacture of true ormolu employs a process known as mercury-gilding or fire-gilding, in which a solution of nitrate of mercury is applied to a piece of copper, brass, or bronze, followed by the application of an amalgam of gold and mercury. The item was then exposed to extreme heat until the mercury burned off and the gold remained, adhered to the metal object.

No true ormolu was produced in France after around 1830 because legislation had outlawed the use of mercury. Therefore, other techniques were used instead but nothing surpasses the original mercury-firing ormolu method for sheer beauty and richness of colour. Electroplating is the most common modern technique. Ormolu techniques are essentially the same as those used on silver, to produce silver-gilt (also known as vermeil).

Our reference: 09079
Dimensions
Height 77.00 cm (30.31 inches)
Width 172.00 cm (67.72 inches)
Depth 90.00 cm (35.43 inches)
Stock Code
09079
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