19th Century English Empire Rosewood Console Writing Table For Sale
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19th Century English Empire Rosewood Console Writing Table

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This is a beautiful small antique English Empire rosewood console or writing table with integral writing slide and pen drawer circa 1820 in date. This dual purpose table has a drawer above a pair of elegant tapering columns with gilded mounts to the top and bottom, behind them is a pair of rectangular columns framing a framed fabric slide that lifts up when required. This screen serves as a modesty / privacy screen. This piece has a single drawer with a writing slide with its original olive green leather skiver over a pen drawer that can be pulled out the side from the side of the drawer whilst the writing surface is in use. This gorgeous console table will instantly enhance the style of one special room in your home and is sure to receive the maximum amount of attention wherever it is placed. Condition: In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation. Dimensions in cm: Height 73 x width 60 x depth 40. Dimensions in inches: Height 2 feet, 5 inches x width 2 feet x depth 1 foot, 4 inches. Rosewood is a rich warm reddish brown wood that has a distinct grain with dark brown and black outlining. One variety of Rosewood can vary significantly from another even though it is of the same species. These Rosewoods, native of India, South East Asia and Brazil, were dense and awkward to work with. It was renowned for quickly bluntening cutting tools and visibly darkening in colour when over prepared. The Brazilian species of rosewood was by far the most beautifully figured and therefore it became the most sought after and rare. This was the wood of choice for the great box makers, David and Thomas Edwards who used it to veneer some of their finest pieces. Empire style, is an early-19th-century design movement in architecture, furniture, other decorative arts and the visual arts followed in Europe and America until circa 1830. The style originated in and takes its name from the rule of Napoleon I in the First French Empire, where it was intended to idealize Napoleon's leadership and the French state. The style corresponds to the Biedermeier style in the German-speaking lands, Federal style in the United States and to the Regency style in Britain. The previous style was called Louis XVI style, in France. The Empire style was based on aspects of the Roman Empire. It is the second phase of neoclassicism which is also called "Directoire", after a goverment system. Furniture typically had symbols and ornaments borrowed from the glorious ancient Greek and Roman empires. The furniture was made from heavy woods such as mahogany and ebony, imported from the colonies, with dark finishes often with decorative bronze mounts. Marble tops were popular as were Egyptian motifs like sphinxes, griffins, urns and eagles and the Napoleonic symbols, the eagle, the bee, the initials "I" and a large "N." Gilded bronze (ormolu) details displayed a high level of craftsmanship.    

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  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    H 28.75 in. x W 23.63 in. x D 15.75 in.H 73 cm x W 60 cm x D 40 cm
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Seller Reference Number
    07145
  • Reference Number
    LU95065068863
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