desk, writing

furniture maker: unknown

circa 1810
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Object Detail

bureau plat, writing desk with removable cartonnier section. Supported on four caryatid legs. The desk comprises four drawers and has two extensions which can be pulled out from each end. All drawers have applied bronze escutcheons and gadrooned cock-beading. The cartonnier comprises three similar drawers across the bottom and three cardboard files across the top. The writing surface is inset with tooled leather.
Finished on the back which implies it is European as the English did not finish furniture on the back if it was intended to go against the wall.

A French empire bronze and mahogany bureau plat. the raised rectangular cartonnier fitted with an arrangement of drawers and green leather files, below an inset leather writing surface, central frieze drawer flanked by two short drawers on corner angled winged caryatid legs.
Maker and role
furniture maker: unknown
Production place
Production date
circa 1810
Media description
Mahogany, bronze, leather
978 x 1270 x 622 mm
Measurement details
height: 978mm
width: 1270mm
depth: 622mm
Credit line
Foundation Collection, 1989
formerly in the collection of Capel Moreton, 5th Earl of Ducie of Tortworth Court, Gloucestershire
Project credit line
This digital record has been made available on TJC Collection Online through a significant donation from the OPENING DOORS fund, the generous support of The Friends of The Johnston Collection, and Digitisation Champion Christine Bell
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