19th Century French Renaissance Folding Writing Table

2205-2215 (Click to Inquire About This Item)

56H x 33W x 21D; surface 29H

Location: Dallas


19th Century French Renaissance Folding Writing Table represents an unusual expression of the cabinetmaker's art!  What appears to be a very large firescreen or decorative item turns out to be a writing table in a cleverly designed piece that takes up a very minimal floor space yet provides more than adequate surface for today's laptops, tablets or student desk requirements!  When closed, it is a lavishly carved decorative piece, resplendent in two full relief carvings of crests in stylized floral and foliate motifs framed by carved trim above and down the center stile.  Chains on each side support the desktop when lowered, which reveals a surprisingly well-appointed interior with letter slots and even tiny drawers with brass bale pulls, with the interior facades of carved with wonderful foliate patterns in bas relief!  The writing surface is covered with leatherette for added luxury.  The desk is supported and framed by two intricately turned and carved column supports topped with carved finials and connected below with a finely carved stretcher that matches the lower portion of the columns.  At the juncture of the columns with the stretcher four scrolled and carved legs extend out both fore and aft to provide a stable support, with the bottoms of the columns finished with rectangular rosettes and carved pendant finials.
Circa 1870s
Measures 56H x 33W x 21D; surface 29H

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