This French antique ormolu mounted bureau plat features wonderful floral marquetry.

Circa 1860, this beautiful piece of furniture has been made with artistic marquetry requiring the finest craftsmanship. The table top of this antique ormolu mounted bureau plat has incredibly complex floral marquetry decoration. Using a range of exotic veneers including rosewood, kingwood, burr walnut, satinwood and purple heart, the detailing is extraordinary. The central panel is inlaid with a representation of an urn on a flower fulled satinwood background together with a decorative border of foliage rendered in mahogany and burr walnut.

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The imposing table top is completed with a highly decorative ormolu border which adds additional elegance to the piece as well as providing protection for the edges of this superbly crafted item.

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A beautiful trellis pattern ormolu border over inset green mica crystal decorates the frieze which also features a large frieze drawer.

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One of the most striking features of this beautifully crafted antique ormolu mounted bureau plat is the ormolu mounted and turned reeded tapering legs which are joined by X-stretchers. These have a striking central gilded turned finial.

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Please take note of the wonderfully intricate ormolu mountings on the legs:

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Pricing

This superb antique ormolu mounted bureau plat is priced at £7,750.

Condition

As you can tell by looking at the photographs above, this piece is in fabulous condition having been beautifully cleaned and polished in our workshops.

Will it Fit?

This wonderful antique ormolu mounted bureau plat should to be given pride of place in the room. To make sure it will fit in the space you have in mind please check the measurements below.

In centimeters: Height 76 x Width 129 x Depth 77

In inches: Height 2 feet, 6 inches x Width 4 feet, 3 inches x Depth 2 feet, 6 inches

More Information

We are always happy to answer queries about our items and our experts are on hand to answer any questions you might have. Email us or call on +44 20 8809 9605 to discuss this item or to arrange a viewing at our North London warehouse where we also have a range of other beautiful antique bureau plats. Please quote reference number 07981.

Notes on Ormolu and Marquetry

Ormolu (taken from the French for ground or pounded gold ‘or molu’) is an 18th century English term. It describes the application of high-carat gold in a mercury amalgam to a bronze object. When driven off in a kiln this leaves the bronze finely gilded with a gold-coloured veneer known as ‘gilt bronze’. Mercury is no longer used, but the process of gilding with finely ground gold continues using electroplating over a nickel substrate.

The technique of veneered marquetry developed from techniques used in 16th century Florence where they inlaid solid marble slabs with designs made out of fitted marbles, jaspers and semi-precious stones. The idea was taken up in Antwerp and other Flemish centers and applied to luxury cabinet making in the early 16th century, and was then imported into France during the mid-seventeenth century to make highly ornate items to furnish the royal palaces and chateaux of French nobility.

Shipping, Delivery and Return

We are delighted to be able to offer a full worldwide shipping service and will ensure the item is packed carefully for delivery. Please call for a quotation on how much shipping will be to your destination before placing your order. Shipping is free of charge to any mainland UK destination.

In accordance with the Distance Selling Regulations we offer a 14-day money back guarantee if you are not happy with the item. The item must be returned in its original condition in its original packing and you will be liable for the return shipping expenses, unless it is not as described in a material way. You will be responsible for any local taxes or customs duties outside the European Union.