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Flat desk in ebony and blackened pearwood, Louis XV period
Flat desk in ebony and blackened pearwood, Louis XV period - Furniture Style Louis XV Flat desk in ebony and blackened pearwood, Louis XV period - Flat desk in ebony and blackened pearwood, Louis XV period - Louis XV
Ref : 100474
19 000 €
Period :
18th century
Provenance :
France
Medium :
Fir, walnut, ebony, blackened pear tree, bronzes, leather...
Dimensions :
l. 51.18 inch X H. 28.35 inch X P. 27.17 inch
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Flat desk in ebony and blackened pearwood, Louis XV period

Dimensions : H. 72 x L. 130 x P. 69 cm

This very elegant desk is modest in size and is perfect for a small living room, office or bedroom. It is veneered with ebony and trimmed with bronzes on all sides, and opens on one large side with three drawers. On the other side, 3 false drawers also protruding, are perfectly simulated. After the Regency period, these were the very first flat desks, which gave priority to the line by renouncing the boxes and the volume of storage that they provided. Around 1730/1735, it is a remarkably designed Parisian work.

If the original ornamentation of bronzes is relatively discreet, it is no less superb in quality, with well-proportioned models, finely chiseled and gilded. The spandrels at the four corners of the moulding are remarkable, as are the Louis XIV-inspired sabots, the beautiful falls and the falling handles.

The interiors of the drawers, which are called "fonçures", are in walnut. In Paris, the oak replaced the walnut for the drawers from the middle of the 18th century, this evolution constituting one of the elements that allow us to specify a dating within the very long reign of Louis XV. The thickness and the finish of the "foncures" allow us to confirm the level of quality of a piece of furniture; here the "fonçures" are very finely executed with the most beautiful walnut.

The height of the belt and the overflow of the top are details that obey very precise rules and are the basis of French classicism. The perfect balance of proportions contributes to the great elegance of this desk. The fragility of this balance also rests on the curve of the legs: Here the initial section of the legs is important so as to give power and seating; As they approach the ground, the mass of the legs becomes lighter thanks to 7 sides that shape and structure the curve.

The condition of this desk is excellent. It has only undergone minor restorations, and no major transformation or restoration is to be reported. Except for the leather which must date from the beginning of the 20th century, all the components of this desk are original. Its last restoration was done in the rules of art.

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Desk & Secretaire Louis XV