Lovely mid century English gilt metal-mounted and ebonized cabinet, with the upper section with pierced brass gallery and mirrored central compartment, flanked by cabinet doors on either side. Rectangular top with moulded brass edge above a central drawer with hinged writing slope and 2 smaller drawers as well. It has 46 Sevres plaques.
A Fine English Louis XVI-Style Ebony, Amboyna, Sèvres and Bronze-Mounted Bonheur du Jour, 19th c., London, the desk fitted with drawers and adjustable writing surface, shaped shelves below, overall guilloche mounts centered with floral rosettes, a superstructure of cabinets featuring oval portraits of Mme. de Pompadour and Princesse Lamhalle, the fluted chamfered sides with beaded leafwork pendants, flanking bronzes of Molière and Shakespeare atop foliate plinths, fluted legs with ferrules, height 58 in., width 48 in., depth 22 in.
Note: The preponderance of finely burled amboyna veneer and cabinet details are indicative of a high-style London cabinet maker. French design particularly influenced top tier English firms such as Holland & Sons, Gillows and Wright and Mansfield. International exhibitions where high style French pieces were shown side by side with English examples, had a significant influence on English furniture making and collecting.
A nearly identical desk from the collection of the Duke of Cambridge is illustrated in an advertisement from Madison Avenue antiquarian Nathan Lans in Magazine Antiques November, 1946, p. 288.
Dimensions: 58"H x 48"W x 22"D
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