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Satinwood and Rosewood Slant-Top Desk
Satinwood and Rosewood Slant-Top Desk - Furniture Style
Ref : 73559
Price on Request
Period :
18th century
Artist :
Albert Levesque
Medium :
Satinwood; Rosewood
Dimensions :
l. 30.51 inch X H. 32.09 inch X P. 15.55 inch
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Satinwood and Rosewood Slant-Top Desk

Dimensions: H. 32 x W. 30.5 x D. 15.5 inches

This exceptional little slant-top desk, also called “back of a donkey”, has a wavy feeling of movement on all of its sides.
It rests on four arched hexagonal legs which extend and connect with the apron on all sides of the desk.
On the outside, there is a geometrical marquetry, and on the inside, there is a floral marquetry in end grain kingwood that is on a rosewood background.

The flap, which also has a wavy feeling of movement, reveals a large open compartment in the upper area, and underneath there are three little drawers in which one of them has a complete inkstand: the inkwell, the powder box, and the quill holder. In front of the drawers there are two sliding panels which reveal secret compartments. The two hinges allow for the flap to open and stay up without needing a tirette, a pull-out tray-like support. The flap was decorated “au petit feu” and garnished with a blue leather which was added later on.

The desk has finely carved and gilded bronze foliage ornamentation which can be found on the corners, feet, and keyholes.

This desk is stamped by Albert Levesque, who became a master in 1749, and also has a stamp from the Jurande des Maîtres Ebenistes (JME). The way this desk is shaped is very close to the furniture made by Bernard Van Risen Burgh, which for this type of furniture was the number one reference and inspiration to cabinetmakers.

Albert Levesque became a master on February 17, 1749. He had his shop on rue du Faubourg-Saint-Antoine, and then he moved to rue Sainte-Avoye. Levesque is known for the meticulousness of his woodworking and the fantasy aspect of his marquetry like his folding tables with a checkerboard top, and his fireplace screens with a hidden writing tray.

Bibliography:
Pierre Kjellberg « Le mobilier français du XVIIIème siècle, Dictionnaire des ébénistes et des menuisiers », Les éditions de l’amateur

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