Magnificent early 19th C. burled walnut and bronze mounted 2 piece writing desk with 46 Sevres plaques.
A Fine English Louis XVI-Style Ebony Amboyna S??_vres and Bronze-Mounted Bonheur du Jour 19th c. London the desk fitted with drawers and adjustable writing surface shaped shelves below overall guilloche mounts centered with floral rosettes a superstructure of cabinets featuring oval portraits of Mme. de Pompadour and Princesse Lamhalle the fluted chamfered sides with beaded leafwork pendants flanking bronzes of Moli??_re and Shakespeare atop foliate plinths fluted legs with ferrules height 58 in. width 48 in. depth 22 in.
Note: The preponderance of finely burled amboyna veneer and cabinet details are indicative of a high-style London cabinet maker. French design particularly influenced top tier English firms such as Holland & Sons Gillows and Wright and Mansfield. International exhibitions where high style French pieces were shown side by side with English examples had a significant influence on English furniture making and collecting.
A nearly identical desk from the collection of the Duke of Cambridge is illustrated in an advertisement from Madison Avenue antiquarian Nathan Lans in Magazine Antiques November 1946 p. 288.
Dimensions: 58″H x 48″W x 22″D