Antique Secretary Desk with drop front, France 1780
This unique Antique secretary desk with drop front originates in France and dates back to 1780-1800.
It is a typical example of a Louis XVI style furniture piece.
Its exquisite walnut root veneer on the outside of the writing top is the special feature of this beautiful desk. Additionally, there are walnut root veneer fields on a all three drawers. Plain cherry veneer frames the vivid walnut wood grain.
Furthermore, geometric marquetry bands give the outside an elegant touch.
The inside of the antique desk has six small drawers and four open compartments. The writing surface is covered with green leather.
This unique desk is an eye catcher in any home office or living room area.
The Louis XVI style emerged in France around 1780. It saw the final phase of the Baroque style as well as the birth of French Neoclassicism. The style was a reaction against the elaborate ornament of the preceding Baroque period.
More modern and geometric decoration embellished the traditional furniture in the early parts of this phase.
The later phase of this style gave priority to elaborate veneer wood grains. The marquetry decoration became less important and served mainly as a frame for the beauty of the naturally grown wood veneer grains.
The antique secretary desk is in very good refinished and French polished condition. It measures Height: 56.7 in. (144 cm), Width: 36.23 in. (92 cm), Depth: 15.75 in. (40 cm).
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