Antique Italian Rosewood Desk on Curule Supports

(Italy, 19th Century)

Antique Italian Rosewood Desk on Curule Supports


Antique Italian rosewood desk on substantial curule supports with five locking drawers and an amber-colored leather writing surface. This desk is all gracious curves, from the ogee-edged top, to the sides of the case to the curule base.
The leather shows wear from use and some tearing around the edges. The top, which was loose and warped, has now been solidly secured. Slight indentations from the warping are still visible – see photos. The rosewood veneer has a few minor blisters.

WIDTH: 51½ in | HEIGHT: 32 in | DEPTH: 26 in

Origin Italy
Category Desks
Period 19th Century
Style Neoclassical
ConditionVery good

Shipping Estimate: $450 | White glove

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CONDITION: Leather shows wear; minor veneer blisters

THB REF: 2444176316


"We refer to this desk as the “Cardinal’s Desk” and not just because of its Roman curule base, but also because of what we found in a drawer. While we were visiting our favorite antique dealer in Florence, this desk was coming off the truck into his shop – we love that! As we were inspecting the desk, we found a beautiful tooled leather portfolio in a drawer. The portfolio has a silver mount on the front with a Cardinal’s crest and the inscription “A. S. Emza Rma Card. L. Lavitrano 25-7-1937 Forio.” Meaning “To Your Eminence Most Reverend Cardinal L. Lavitrano July 25, 1937, Forio.” Cardinal Lavitrano was born in Forio on the island of Ischia and importantly served as Archbishop of Palermo during WWII. This portfolio, which contains some naïve religious artwork, seems to have been a present to the Cardinal from residents of his hometown. While this desk may not have belonged to the Cardinal, we enjoy thinking about that possibility and it reminds us that antique furniture often hold such fascinating mysteries. "