Antique French Louis Revival Kingwood & Ormolu Bureau Plat Desk 19th Century For Sale
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Antique French Louis Revival Kingwood & Ormolu Bureau Plat Desk 19th Century

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This is a gorgeous antique French Louis Revival gilt bronze-mounted serpentine kingwood bureau plat, circa 1880 in date. The shaped top with a decorative gilt bronze border, raised corner cartouches and a gold tooled green leather inset writing surface, above three frieze drawers on one side and dummy drawers on the other. It is freestanding, has fabulous crossbanded decoration, ormolu handles and mounts, working locks and keys and three capacious oak lined drawers for all your storage needs. It is raised on elegant cabriole legs with ormolu mounts and feet. This is a truly lovely piece which will display beautifully in any interior. Condition: In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation. Dimensions in cm: Height 79 x width 165 x depth 85 Dimensions in inches: Height 31.1 x width 65.0 x depth 33.5. Kingwood is a Classic furniture wood, almost exclusively used for inlays on very Fine furniture. Occasionally it is used in the solid for small items and turned work, including parts of billiard cues, e.g., those made by John Parris. It is brownish-purple with many Fine darker stripes and occasional irregular swirls. Occasionally it contains pale streaks of a similar colour to sapwood. The wood is very dense and hard and can be brought to a spectacular finish. it turns well but due to its density and hardness can be difficult to work with hand tools. It also has a tendency to blunt the tools due to its abrasive properties. 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 circa 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..  

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  • Condition
    Good
  • Dimensions
    H 31.11 in. x W 64.97 in. x D 33.47 in.H 79 cm x W 165 cm x D 85 cm
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Seller Reference Number
    09052
  • Reference Number
    LU950612213883
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