Early 19th Century Italian Empire Desk


A rare example of early Italian Empire desk. The rectangular superstructure centred by two drawers above two shelves, flanked by an pair of cupboard doors flanked and separated by patinated and gilt bronze caryatids, the lower part with a leather lined writing slide above three drawers around a slight kneehole each side fitted with a writing slide raised on square supports joined by stretchers and fitted at the front with painted and parcel gilt wood female torsos continuing to leaf carved paw feet. The desk is what the French call ” Toutes Faces” meaning the back is also finished in polished mahogany to allow placement in the middle of a room. Made in Italy circa 1820.

Dimensions: 46″H (116cm) x 56″W (142cm) x 28″D (71cm)

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