Louis XVI desk, provincial France 1780.
Walnut veneer embellishes this beautiful Louis XVI desk. Additional geometric marquetry bands made of plum wood and satinwood frame the walnut veneer on front and sides. Its rectangular body has two large drawers on the bottom and three smaller ones above the fall front.
The inside of the desk is designed with six drawers and two visible and one hidden compartment. It is in original condition and has a nice vintage patina.
The Louis XVI style is part of the so called Neoclassical phase of the late 18th century, when furniture designers started to use more geometrical design patterns. They moved away from the curved and playful Rococo and Louis XV style to a more severe and linear use of form. The discoveries in Pompeii had a big impact on the new development. Madame de Pompadour, mistress of Louis XV, sent a group of scholars to Italy to report on the findings. Particularly the ebenistes, who where responsible for the design of the marquetry, studied these prints.
The piece offered here was probably made in a more provincial part of France. It has a more rustic-style and a lot of vintage charm. It can add character to any interior and is definitely an eye catcher.
The desk measures 51.58 x 43.31 x 23.63 inches (131 x 110 x 60 cm).
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