Louis XIV style gilt bronze mounted Boulle inlay writing desk
Louis XIV style gilt bronze mounted Boulle inlay writing desk
Louis XIV style gilt bronze mounted Boulle inlay writing desk
Louis XIV style gilt bronze mounted Boulle inlay writing desk
Louis XIV style gilt bronze mounted Boulle inlay writing desk
Louis XIV style gilt bronze mounted Boulle inlay writing desk
Louis XIV style gilt bronze mounted Boulle inlay writing desk
Louis XIV style gilt bronze mounted Boulle inlay writing desk

Style of ANDRE-CHARLES BOULLE (1642-1742)

Louis XIV style gilt bronze mounted Boulle inlay writing desk

c. 1870 France

Offered by Mayfair Gallery Ltd.

£45,000 gbp
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This splendid writing desk is an example of skilled craftsmanship of the highest order, and features some breathtakingly complex Boulle work all around its surface. The table top is particularly remarkable, showing a veneer of intricately-cut pieces of pewter and ebony in a mesmerising scrolling floral pattern.

The sides of the table are decorated with panels of Boulle marquetry, with similar patterns to the table top, framed within gilt bronze borders. The two panels to the front side open as drawers, with one drawer containing a later retailer's label, reading 'Guido Bartolozzi - Antiquario in Firenze'. Each side of the table is further embellished to the centre with an expertly-cast ormolu mount in the form of a satyr's mask.

The desk's outline is elegantly curved, almost wave-like, and the piece stands on four cabriole legs. The legs are likewise decorated all over with Boulle marquetry, and are beautifully accentuated with scrolling gilt bronze mounts to the top sections and feet. On the underside of one of the mounts there is a mark reading 'MB'.
Dimensions
Height 74.50 cm (29.33 inches)
Width 156.00 cm (61.42 inches)
Depth 91.00 cm (35.83 inches)
Stock Code
15421
Medium
Ebonised wood, ebony, pewter, ormolu
Signed/Inscribed
'MB' to the bronze mounts
Mayfair Gallery Ltd.

Mayfair Gallery Ltd.
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