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19th Century Empire Gilt Bronze Mounted Mahogany Desk after Jacob-Desmalter



Exceptional 19th century Empire style desk after a design from Jacob-Desmalter Made of flamed mahogany supported on the heads of four finely cast gilt bronze female caryatids, and richly decorated with beautiful bronze fittings and black leather writing tablet. The desk has three drawers with three hidden drawers behind it, to open these the front drawer must be completely removed. There are also a pull-out writing tablet on both sides. The desk was refreshed slightly but still has its original polishing varnish and is in its original condition with light traces of use and on the working side it is slightly bent due to its age, but this gives the whole its authentic charm. This can be seen in the pictures. No desk of this quality is offered on 1stdibs a real eyecatcher. The design for this superb desk is based on a famous ‘console double face’ by the Paris cabinetmaker Jacob-Desmalter. The table-console was delivered in 1803 to the Palais de l’Elysée in Paris where it stood in the bedroom belonging to Napoleon’s younger sister Caroline Murat. Today this console is exhibited in the Palace of Versailles (Grand Trianon).


  • Similar to
    François-Honoré-Georges Jacob-Desmalter (Cabinetmaker)Jacob Desmalter (Cabinetmaker)Alfred Emmanuel Louis Beurdeley (Cabinetmaker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 30.71 in. (78 cm)Width: 63 in. (160 cm)Depth: 31.5 in. (80 cm)
  • Style
    Empire (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    19th Century
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Belgium, BE
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU2359319827352

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    Ships From: Belgium, Belgium
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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Located in Belgium, Belgium
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