Antique French Burr Walnut Writing Table with Chair ensuite circa 1900
This rare French antique burr and figured walnut writing table and chair have a fabulous golden patina.
They have recently been cleaned and polished and are in excellent condition.
The writing table has a replacement black hide writing surface with gilt and blind scroll tooling.
This is surrounded by a beautifully figured band of walnut with a kingwood stringing inlay.
Below this is in the frieze is fitted three mahogany lined drawers with the original locks and key.
The drawer fronts have floral escutcheons in cast brass. These are surrounded by a marquetry circle of Vitruvian scroll decoration in kingwood.
The desk is also decorated along the bottom of the drawers and around the base of the desk with another band of Viturvian scrolls in kingwood.
The revers of the writing table has faux drawers in a similar manner to the front with a beautifully cast pair of of female *“jugenstil” masks to the end panels.
The table stands on four turned and reeded legs terminating in brass cap feet.
The matching chair also has “Vitruvian” scrolls decorating the bottom edge of the seat and back panel.
The tops of the arm supports have cast brass floral design caps which match the escutcheons on the writing table drawers.
The chair has a comfortable sprung seat that has been reupholstered in a good quality black hide to match the writing table and has a studded border.
It is very unusual to find a matching writing table and chair such as this made in such attractive timbers and in excellent condition.
Writing Table Dimensions:
Height to top: 30 inches - 76cm
Width: 49 inches - 125cm
Depth: 25.5 inches - 56cm
Height of knee-hole: 24.5 inches - 62cm
Height: 31 inches - 79cm
Width of Seat: 20 inches - 51cm
Depth of Seat: 20 inches - 51cm
Overall Width: 23 inches - 59cm
Price for the two: £4,950
*Austrian and German Jugendstil, or “youth-style,” took its name from the popular illustrated magazine Jugend that was published in Munich at the turn of the century. Contemporaneous with and related to Art Nouveau, the most innovative Jugendstil designers replaced the exuberance and naturalism of French and Belgian design with a comparatively restrained and abstracted aesthetic.