Circa 1880 French Gothic Style Desk in Carved and Bleached Oak

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$10,800.00

Circa 1880 French Gothic Style Desk in Carved and Bleached Oak

SKU: 422-83 Category: Tag:

$10,800.00

Description

This beautiful and quite unusual desk was hand-carved in the Gothic style in France, circa 1880. The oak has been bleached, allowing for the amazing details of the fine carvings to gain prominence. It appears as if the front façade was repurposed from a large trunk, putting the creation of that section before the late 19th century. Another fascinating detail is the construction of the uppermost drawer on the right side, which features a hidden and lockable partition.

The top has been crafted with a parquetry pattern known as Versailles and is surrounded by a recessed quarter round molding. There are seven drawers that flank the leg opening on the back, all with functional locks and keys. The drawers are arranged in two columns of four, with the upper right one being a double drawer that contains a false bottom that hides the secret compartment. Gothic motifs, such as barbed arches, floral spandrels, and fleur de lys, embellish each of the drawer fronts.

As well-carved as the back is, the sides and front are extremely impressive, expertly crafted with the smallest of details set within recessed panels. Each of the sections have been skillfully carved with tracery, cusping, and foliate ribs. These rectangular niches are flanked by a pilaster with additional tracery beneath a foliate capital. The center panel of the front is shorter than the others, as it also contains a wrought iron plate that was most likely part of a trunk frontage. The tracery beneath the iron has a heraldic shield with the Ermines of Brittany, France. There is a pull-out writing surface on each side with a twisted loop pull, allowing our French Gothic style desk to be used functionally in a home office or library.

CONDITION: Good antique condition with minor rubs, scratches, and age separations, all commensurate to age and use. Slight traces of the original finish and old wood worm. Possible that some sections were carved from reclaimed wood that precedes 1880. Please see photos for details.

INFORMATION
Country Of Origin

France

In The Style Of

Gothic

Age

Circa 1880

Dimensions

H - 29 5/8, W - 60 3/4, D - 34, leg opening - 25 3/4 (H) x 20 1/2 (W)

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Description

This beautiful and quite unusual desk was hand-carved in the Gothic style in France, circa 1880. The oak has been bleached, allowing for the amazing details of the fine carvings to gain prominence. It appears as if the front façade was repurposed from a large trunk, putting the creation of that section before the late 19th century. Another fascinating detail is the construction of the uppermost drawer on the right side, which features a hidden and lockable partition.

The top has been crafted with a parquetry pattern known as Versailles and is surrounded by a recessed quarter round molding. There are seven drawers that flank the leg opening on the back, all with functional locks and keys. The drawers are arranged in two columns of four, with the upper right one being a double drawer that contains a false bottom that hides the secret compartment. Gothic motifs, such as barbed arches, floral spandrels, and fleur de lys, embellish each of the drawer fronts.

As well-carved as the back is, the sides and front are extremely impressive, expertly crafted with the smallest of details set within recessed panels. Each of the sections have been skillfully carved with tracery, cusping, and foliate ribs. These rectangular niches are flanked by a pilaster with additional tracery beneath a foliate capital. The center panel of the front is shorter than the others, as it also contains a wrought iron plate that was most likely part of a trunk frontage. The tracery beneath the iron has a heraldic shield with the Ermines of Brittany, France. There is a pull-out writing surface on each side with a twisted loop pull, allowing our French Gothic style desk to be used functionally in a home office or library.

CONDITION: Good antique condition with minor rubs, scratches, and age separations, all commensurate to age and use. Slight traces of the original finish and old wood worm. Possible that some sections were carved from reclaimed wood that precedes 1880. Please see photos for details.

INFORMATION
Country Of Origin

France

In The Style Of

Gothic

Age

Circa 1880

Dimensions

H - 29 5/8, W - 60 3/4, D - 34, leg opening - 25 3/4 (H) x 20 1/2 (W)

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