Author: desirabled

Antique Dutch Marquetry Cylinder Bureau c.1780 – Now Sold

We are delighted to offer this fabulous late 18th Century Dutch marquetry cylinder bureau Made from mahogany, it is inlaid with exquisite stylised flowers and foliage and urns. Typical of the period it is covered all over with line-inlay of hand-cut floral marquetry patters, offered for sale at just £5,250. The writing surface pulls out and raises the cylinder fall to show an amazing interior comprising eight small drawers and secret compartments. There is also two chequer inlaid secret bookends which flank a central cupboard which encloses a small drawer and shelf over a shaped apron. There are also...

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Vintage Louis Revival Kingwood Bureau Plat Writing Table Desk – Now Sold

This vintage Louis Revival bureau plat writing table desk in kingwood is a fantastic example of the form. Dating from the last quarter of the 20th century, this wonderful kingwood bureau plat writing table has elegant rosewood panels and gilded bronze mounts. Kingwood is highly prized for furniture and is almost exclusively used for inlays on very fine furniture. It is very hard and is therefore very difficult to work with hand tools and has a tendency to blunt tools due to its strength. Rosewood is also a much prized furniture wood which is also very hard and difficult to...

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Satinwood & Rosewood Carlton House Desk

This stunning Carlton House desk is a delight, featuring beautiful hand painted decoration. As you can see from the above photo, this beautiful Carlton House desk has been made from the very finest satinwood. It also features rosewood crossbanding and the superb decoration comprises hand painted leaves, floral scrolls, emblems and urns. Satinwood, as the name suggests, is a hard durable wood that when polished has a satin-like sheen. It was particularly popular for cabinet making and marquetry as well as for making musical instruments. Rosewood again as the name suggests has a lovely rich warm reddish brown colour...

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Art Deco Desk in Birdseye Maple

In the ever popular Art Deco of the 1920’s style, this writing table desk is crafted in stunning Birdseye Maple. Antique furniture made out of Birdseye Maple is rare and coveted for its beauty. When all furniture was essentially handmade, you had to be an extremely capable cabinetmaker to be able to work in Birdseye Maple successfully, as it required extraordinary skill and specialist tools. This is because it has a divergent grain which is easily damaged and even the slowest of early woodworking machines could produce surfaces that were torn and chipped. It took many hours of detailed...

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SOLD – Antique Dutch Marquetry Walnut Bombe’ Bureau c.1780

  Antique desks of this quality and sophistication rarely come along, so we are truly delighted to offer this 18th century antique Dutch marquetry walnut bombe’ bureau. Dated circa 1780 this is an amazing antique ‘bombe’ shaped bureau desk is fashioned in walnut and features superb finely hand cut floral marquetry. Veneered marquetry started in 16th century Florence and developed from the Florentine technique of using fitted inlays of marbles, jaspers and semi-precious stones into marble slabs. It was a short hop from working on stone to working in wood and the techniques were adapted for for furniture in Antwerp...

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