Antique French Henri II Walnut Partners Table Desk circa 1880

(France, 19th Century)

Antique French Henri II Walnut Partners Table Desk circa 1880
1610 Bissonet Street
Houston, TX, 77005
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Antique French Henri II Walnut Partners Table Desk circa 1880


The grand scale of this antique French walnut partners table desk circa 1880 is quite impressive. Modeled after the architectural splendor of King Henri II (who reigned in the sixteenth century) this table desk is notable for the bold scale of its turned legs which are joined by an "H" shaped stretcher. Please notice the square section above and below each of the legs on this antique table desk with each leg distinguished by a raised diamond shaped lozenge in scale with the legs. Because this is a true partners table desk the two drawers on each side are fully functional and each feature a wide rectangular raised lozenge to complement the corner lozenges. Interestingly the square blocks that connect the stretchers are left unadorned except for the centre square which is embellished with a large turned finial. This is a piece of writing furniture created to be seen in the centre of an interior where its sensuous profile could be admired from every angle. The legs have a fully turned spiral profile known as a barley twist as it simulates the twist on a paper sack filled with barley sugar candy. This was a shape instantly recognizable to all people and when heard conjured up an indelible image. The leather top has been updated to a gorgeous grey full hide leather (not bonded leather) with a hand tooled design around the perimeter finished with silver leaf. The use of the grey and silver complements the richness of the walnut timber and gives it a suitability for today's monochromatic interiors.

WIDTH: 63 in | HEIGHT: 31 in | DEPTH: 47 in

Origin France
Category Desks
Period 19th Century

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THB REF: 5742131320 DEALER REF: PVA170