19th Century Louis XIV French Walnut Desk from Lyon

2002-2071 (Click to Inquire About This Item)

31H x 63W x 31D

Location: Dallas

$12,900

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19th Century Louis XIV French Walnut Desk from Lyon was custom-crafted for an affluent Lyonnais financier in Lyon during the height of that city's prominence during the majority of the 1800s, corresponding with the Napoleon III Period.  The French walnut found in the forests around Lyon provided superlative material for the furniture industry, which accompanied with the prosperity of the region attracted some of the most talented furniture crafters who used the wood to its utmost advantage.  The city's namesake, the regal lion, is sculpted in a most lifelike and artful manner in full relief on each side of the desk, called a bureau plat due to its table-like appearance and lack of lower cabinets or drawers.  Finished on all four sides with tasteful yet intricate detail, it features two drawers perfect for today's digital-age needs.  The support structures on each side feature the aforementioned lions' heads embellished with berries and foliage overlooking a classical architecture that is emblazoned with acanthus plumes, doric motifs, and tapered turned columns, all leading down to the base which consists of scrollwork enhanced with hand-sculpted fletching.  A full width plank stretcher adds sturdiness and provides a great footrest as a thoughtful touch.
Truly a masterwork of the cabinetmaker's art!
Circa 1860s
Measures 31H x 63W x 31D

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