This stunning antique French directoire desk from the latter part of the 19th century is made from well figured mahogany timbers and trimmed with moulded brass borders.
The desk is panelled on all sides, its architectural style with columns is very rare and it demands to be used as a free-standing piece of furniture and focal point of a room. It is a very striking desk of top quality and its brass trim and brass handles make it a very decorative desk indeed.
The top has the original beautifully worn burgundy writing leather with gilt tooling surrounded by a band of mahogany with a moulded brass border. To either side of the top are concealed slides, of polished mahogany with ebony stringing, which can be used to extend the working surface by a further 26 inches (66cm). The top is fitted with 3 drawers which are oak lined and have the original brass handles. The central drawer also has a brass lock with the original key.
The desk has a central locking system which requires the central drawer to be unlocked and slightly open to allow all the other drawers to open. The top draw of the right hand pedestal has a locking security box with a sliding top, presumably to keep valuables safe.
The pedestals are each fitted with three drawers and have break front plinth bases and concealed castors. The outer corners of the pedestals have turned and fluted columns, inlaid with brass, and brass capitals.
The desk is made in four sections, the top, two pedestal, and vanity board in central section at the reverse, for ease of transportation and installation.
Condition: The desk is in very good antique condition with the original writing leather. It has recently benefitted from cleaning and re-polishing.
Width: 57 inches - 145cm
Width of each slide: 13 inches - 33cm
Depth: 32 inches - 82cm
Height: 30.5 inches - 77 cm
Height to kneehole: 24 inches - 61cm
Width of kneehole: 22.5 inches - 57cm