18th Century Louis XVI Period Bureau à Cylindre or Cylinder Desk

(France, 18th Century)

18th Century Louis XVI Period Bureau à Cylindre or Cylinder Desk

An exceptional Louis XVI period bureau à cylindre, or cylinder desk with bookcase, giving you a glimpse of the beauty of fine 18th century French furniture. The desk exhibits an exceptional blend of restrained, neoclassical elements and is formed of the finest bookmatched walnut. Its craftsmanship is of a very high quality, comparable to the work of the best French cabinet makers of the period. The upper cabinet with original glazed glass doors and two adjustable interior shelves sits atop three drawers with ormolu keyhole escutcheons. The cylinder enclosing with ormolu keyhole escutcheon and pulls opens to an arrangement of several open and secret compartments and drawers and a substantial gilt tooled leather pull out writing surface. Below is a kneehole drawer with ormolu keyhole escutcheon flanked by two drawers on the left that lock and a single drawer on the right faced as two drawers to match the left side, containing a "coffre fort" (safe), the right side with another writing slide. The desk is raised on four square tapering legs ending in ormolu sabots. All original working locks and keys.

Height: 81.5"
Width: 52"; 69.5" with right slide opened
Depth: 27"; 38.5" with writing surface pulled out

WIDTH: 52 in | HEIGHT: 81½ in | DEPTH: 27 in

Origin France
Category Desks
Period 18th Century
Style Louis XVI

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THB REF: 3821472077 DEALER REF: LFALO1420