This piece, accurately called an escritoire, was claimed to be by J Meeks. Perhaps it is perhaps it is not. There is no verification. It appears to be in the style and manner of Alexander Roux but there are no labels. There is a signature on one of the drawer dividers but we have been unable to decipher it yet. Roux had 120 craftsman working in his New York shop so it probably would do us no good. So, it may or may not be Roux, everything says it is highly likely but again, no verification. One of the many notable things Roux did was rather than place wooden shims under his mirrors he/they used small cuts of paper. The paper was used n and around the mirror of this piece as well. True that this is not verification but it makes me lean in that direction.
We are selling this as a high quality, rosewood writing desk or rosewood escritoire and game table.
The picture shows the piece as purchased. Someone had done a poor job of coating this with shellac and we are in the process of correcting this unfortunate attempt by a well meaning but unskilled person. There are a couple of other areas that need attention but the piece is sound and as it should be. There are some veneer patches done previously using the proper veneer.
It is rosewood and rosewood veneer with walnut and satinwood interior, very high quality construction, form, design and wood selection.
More pictures will follow showing how it opens for a writing desk. Also, the upper section lifts off and the top opens resting on two rosewood supports making this into an almost square game table. Very unusual and it is original. We will replace the material on the writing surface. The cloth was in poor condition and there is no doubt that this was a replacement. We think it would be most appropriate to use a 100 % wool fabric for the writing surface but a buyer can choose leather if desired. I this option is chosen the best leather would be a skiver, with gold and blind embossing.
Showing pictures during restoration. If you notice that some of the parts are d darker color those are areas that have not been recoated with shellac. Once done the piece will be uniform and will showcase not only the form but the magnificent rosewood grain patterns.
Price is post restoration. More pictures will be posted as restoration progresses. Measurements will be supplied.