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 Antique Tables - Item 3229
Gothic Desk

3229-Gothic Desk
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Item 3229

Flamboyant Gothic Desk

Dimensions

Width 57

Height 31½

Depth 32

(in inches)

Wood

Solid walnut

Date

Circa 1890

Country

France

Description

This solid walnut desk offers a feast of Gothic design in a practical and useful piece of furniture.  Based on tracery or fenestrage with its roots in the flamboyant style of Gothic architectural design, this desk is a feast for the eyes while offering the convenience and practicality of a large horizontal surface and two spacious drawers.  Unlike most pieces of furniture made in 19th century France at the height of the Gothic Revival movement, this desk is light in color -- displaying the richness and depth of the walnut rather than stained darkly and obscuring the beauty of the wood.  Its overall structure is that of a classic table-bureau from the 17th century overlaid with Gothic design elements.  The leather top on the desk is original and so we have not replaced it, even though it has discolorations, in order to preserve the value of the piece.

Reference

Boccador, Jacqueline, Le Mobilier Français du Moyen Age à la Renaissance, Editions d'Art Monelle Hayot (Saint-Just-en-Chaussée, 1988); Boussel, Patrice, Les Styles du Moyen Age à Louis XIV  (Baschet et Cie, Paris, 1979); Rousseau, Francis, Le Grand Livre des Meubles (Copyright Studio, Paris, 1999)

Uses

This desk is ideal for use in a home office and would fit well in a library setting, even doubling as a library table.

3098-drawers


3229-right leg
 
3229-side detail

3229-Center 
 
3229-right
 
3229-base
 
3229-side
 
3229-fleur-de-lys

 

 

 

 

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