19thC French Louis XV Style Ladies Writing Desk Stamped G. Durand


Finest quality late 19thC French ladies writing desk stamped G Durand. The oak carcass is veneered in kingwood and mahogany and richly embellished with the finest chaste and gilded bronze in the full Louis XV style. The desk has a gilt bronze border around a dark brown/maroon leather top above three drawers across the front each with their original locks and key. This flat desk was inspired by one executed by the 18thC cabinet-maker Joseph Baumhauer, which was offered by King Louis XV to Empress Elisabeth I of Russia in 1745. It is now exhibited in the Los Angeles Getty Center. This particular desk was made in Paris circa 1880.

Gervais Durand (1839-1920) participated in the 1889 Universal Exhibition where he was awarded a silver medal. A. Picard’s exhibition report stated that, Mr Durand, cabinet-maker, as skillful as modest, displays for the first time very fine furniture, which has been designed and made by him. He is walking in the footsteps of giants such as Beurdeley and Dasson. Durand made almost exclusively reproductions of 18th Century masterpieces.

Dimensions: 43″W x 25.5″D x 29″H