Antique French Writing Table Desk Bureau Plat C1870
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A gorgeous antique French kingwood and marquetry bureau plat / writing table, circa 1870. Featuring fabulous decorative ormolu mounts, this table is sure to get noticed wherever it is placed.
Smothered with exquisite floral marquetry on an ebonised background set into kingwood, this really was thew work of a master craftsman. The marquetry is complimented by the fabulous gilded ormolu mounts which adorn this piece.
It is serpentine shaped and finished on all sides so that it can stand freely in the middle of a room, and is offered in excellent original condition.
You are viewing this item in its original untouched condition. Please see photographs to confirm condition. It will be restored before delivery and this is included in the price.
Kingwood-is a classic furniture wood, almost exclusively used for inlays on very fine furniture. Occasionally it is used in the solid for small items and turned work, including parts of billiard cues, e.g., those made by JohnParris. It is brownish-purple with many fine darker stripes and occasional irregular swirls. Occasionally it contains pale streaks of a similar colour to sapwood.
The wood is very dense and hard and can be brought to a spectacular finish. it turns well but due to its density and hardness can be difficult to work with hand tools. It also hasa tendency to blunt the tools due to its abrasiveproperties.
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