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French Louis XVI Cylinder Desk
French Louis XVI Cylinder Desk - Furniture Style Louis XVI
Ref : 65607
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Period :
18th century
Artist :
Joseph Koechly [KOCHLY] (1748-1798)
Medium :
Oak and pine frame with solid mahogany and mahogany veneer; Carrara marble; gilt-bronze fittings
Dimensions :
L. 49.21 inch X l. 25.59 inch X H. 45.28 inch
Furniture  - French Louis XVI Cylinder Desk
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French Louis XVI Cylinder Desk

An elegant cylinder desk on four tapered and fluted legs. On the front there appear to be five drawers. The right pair of drawers is, in effect, just one drawer with a faux front to maintain symmetrie. On top of this drawer there is a lockable lid, so that it can serve as strongbox.

The cylinder has two gilt bronze handles and an escutcheon in the middle. Over the cylinder there are three more drawers of equal size. The desk is covered with a Carara marble top that is trimmed with a gilt bronze gallery.

Behind the opened cylinder, there are another three drawers. In front of the writing table there are two pulling knobs to extend the leather clad leaf. On either side of the desk there is another extendable leaf.

The drawer fronts and the cylinder are trimmed with a fire gilt bronze frame. The drawers all have escutcheons around the centrally placed keyholes. All of the recessed panels of the desk are also framed with gilt bronze moulures.

The desk is stamped: KOCHLY

Joseph Koechly (1748-1798), called Kochly is (supposedly) born in Switserland. He became a master cabinetmaker on September 3. 1783. He worked at the Cour saint Joseph on the Rue Charonne in Paris. He was particularly famous for his cylinder desks, undoubtedly his favorit. There are also other objects known made by Kochly like bureau plats. Kochly maintained a strict classical Louis XVI style, always with mahogany and trimmed with gilt bronze fixtures.

Cilinderbureaux are elegant and practical pieces of furniture. The construction allows the owner to quickly and easily close them to protect their affairs from prying eyes.

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