Antique French Empire Desk Writing Table 19th C


  • £8,750.00
  • €10,224 Euro
  • $11,974 US Dollar

United Kingdom

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Antique French Empire Desk Writing Table 19th C

This is a fine antique French Empire ormolu mounted mahogany bureau plat, Circa 1870 in date.

The rectangular top has an inset gold-tooled green leather writing surface with a very decorative gilt-bronze border.

The frieze has three oak lined drawers and is profusely decorated with gilt bronze anthemion plaques. The desk features large Egyptian Revival neo classical winged sphinxes on each corner and is raised on four square section tapering legs terminating in ormolu feet.

It is freestanding, finished all around, so it can stand freely in the centre of a room.

It is an absolute masterpiece which is sure to get attention wherever it is placed.

Complete with original working lock and key.

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

Dimensions in cm:
Height 82 x Width 182 x Depth 92

Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 foot, 8 inches x Width 6 feet x Depth 3 foot

Gilt Bronze- 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.

After around 1830 because legislation had outlawed the use of mercury other techniques were used instead. Electroplating is the most common modern technique. Ormolu techniques are essentially the same as those used on silver, to produce silver-gilt..

Our reference: A1310


  • H: 82cm (32.28in)
  • W: 182cm (71.65in)
  • D: 92cm (36.22in)


Circa 1870

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