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Empire Desk Chestnut Mahogany Italy XIX Century

Code :  ANTASC0112155

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Empire Desk Chestnut Mahogany Italy XIX Century

Code :  ANTASC0112155

Empire Desk Chestnut Mahogany Italy XIX Century

Features

Style:  Empire (1804-1815)

Time:  XIX Century - from 1801 to 1900

Origin:  Italia Centrale

Main essence:  Chestnut Mahogany

Material:  Mirror

Description

Central Italy Empire desk, supported by lion feet, on the front it has a retractable door, which can be opened through a mechanism accessible on the bottom of the cabinet and concealing two drawers, it is surmounted by a smaller drawer. In the upper part there is a retractable roller door, concealing a pull-out desk top with a fake Moroccan insert (replaced later), equipped with a spring system that gives access to secrets; present compartments and drawers. The shelf has a single door with a mirror concealing a castle with compartments and drawers. The uprights on the front have the characteristic truncated-pyramidal shape, ending with gilt bronze drips and surmounted by female herms in burnished bronze in the lower body, while in the upper one there are Egyptian caryatids. In mahogany, the interiors are in chestnut.

Product Condition:
Product that due to age and usage requires restoration and resumption of polishing.

Dimensions (cm):
Height: 220,5
Width: 126,5
Depth: 65

With certificate of authenticity

Certificate issued by:  Enrico Sala

Additional Information

Style: Empire (1804-1815)

Decorative style of the furniture that is affirmed under the Empire of Napoleon Bonaparte, that is, between 1799, the year of his election as consul, and 1815, the year of his definitive defeat.
It has many elements of continuity with the previous Direttorio style, in the more general Neoclassical climate, which derived from the study of classical antiquity the forms and models to be inspired in the creation of furniture.
The peculiar feature of this style is a greater grandeur and courtesy of the furnishings, which had to convey the grandeur of the French nation to the world, hence the name Empire style.
The furniture is characterized by straight, majestic and massive lines, adorned with motifs dear to Napoleon such as bees, eagles, large Ns surrounded by laurel, and, after the Egyptian campaign, many elements taken from Egyptian art.
He prefers the flat bronze decorations, often gilded, to the refined carvings of previous years.
The typical essence of Empire furniture is mahogany.
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Time: XIX Century - from 1801 to 1900

Main essence:

Chestnut

It is a hard, yellow-white wood, mostly used for rustic furniture. Since the Middle Ages it has been used in Europe, mainly in Spain, France and Italy. Particularly resistant, it was sometimes used to manufacture the supporting structures of fine furniture. It tends to darken over time and has good resistance to woodworms.

Mahogany

It is one of the most precious and sought-after woods in cabinet making. It was discovered in Central America around 1600 and began to be imported to England in the 1700s. Much appreciated for its hardness and indestructibility, it became widespread following the blocking of walnut exports from France in 1720 and the consequent elimination of English import duties on mahogany from the colonies in America and India. The most valuable version comes from Cuba, but it became very expensive. At the end of the 18th century it began to be used also in France in Louis XVI, Directory and Empire furniture, its diffusion declined starting from when Napoleon, in 1810, forbade its import. It was generally used in the manufacture of elegant furniture, due to its characteristics and beautiful grain.

Material: Mirror

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