27.7189 Early 19th C. Burled Walnut & Bronze Mounted 2-Pc. Writing Desk
Magnificent early 19th C. burled walnut and bronze mounted two-piece writing desk with 46 Sevres plaques.
A Fine English Louis XVI-Style Ebony Amboyna Sèvres and Bronze-Mounted Bonheur du Jour 19th c. London the desk fitted with drawers and adjustable writing surface shaped shelves below overall guilloche mounts centered with floral rosettes a superstructure of cabinets featuring oval portraits of Mme. de Pompadour and Princesse Lamhalle the fluted chamfered sides with beaded leafwork pendants flanking bronzes of Molière and Shakespeare atop foliate plinths fluted legs with ferrules.
Note: The preponderance of finely burled amboyna veneer and cabinet details are indicative of a high-style London cabinet maker. French design particularly influenced top tier English firms such as Holland & Sons Gillows and Wright and Mansfield. International exhibitions where high style French pieces were shown side by side with English examples had a significant influence on English furniture making and collecting.
A nearly identical desk from the collection of the Duke of Cambridge is illustrated in an advertisement from Madison Avenue antiquarian Nathan Lans in Magazine Antiques November 1946 p. 288.