The bronze mounts are exceptionally well done for the period, each almost entirely free of casting flaw, these filed and chiseled into perfection before being fire gilded. The female masks / nymphs on the corners have a hammered texture, these being almost monumental in stature and projection from the legs. The top is a well preserved tooled gilt brown leather edged in cross banded, multi-colored wood veneers and framed in a very thick gilt bronze rim with shell corners. One side of the French bureau plat has three drawers, all dovetailed, the other side with three faux drawer fronts. The entire desk rests over bold cabriole legs that terminate in scrolled sabots.
While many antique bureau plats are available, particularly from the second and third quarters of the 20th century, few meet the quality and precision standards of this exceptional piece. The mounts are very moving, the level of detail cast and chiseled into every casting setting the desk apart from it's peers in every way. The surface has been preserved quite handsomely, despite the typical use indicators on the top and writing surface. For anyone with a bold and vibrant library or office space, this is a piece that will set the pace for all other decor in that space.It is an investment grade selection built to last the test of time and will certainly be a cherished part of your collection for a lifetime. Measurements: 69 3/4" W x 38" D x 31 1/8" H; 23 5/8" H to underside of center drawer.
Light scratches and blemishes to the leather, there are two small black spots, though this surface remains in overall excellent condition. Veneer cracking/buckling inside of some legs, blemishes recently repaired. Very minimal veneer losses and light checking to the surfaces. But is broken and have be repaired.An unusually heavy and well constructed piece. Please review all images in the slideshow for a full overview of condition. The item "Gorgeous Antique French Desk Louis XV style bureau plat leather gilt brass top" is in sale since Friday, November 30, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Furniture\Desks & Secretaries\1900-1950". The seller is "mondomover" and is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This item can't be shipped, the buyer must pick up the item.