An ornate Louis XVI Style desk or side table with extensive marquetry and gilt bronze ornamentation, from the late 1800s or early 1900s. Created as a writing desk for the bedroom, this piece is small in scale, but packs in loads of details. The top and all apron sides feature meticulous cherrywood parquet with diamond shapes in alternating grain pattern, creating a woven look. The front and back are emblazened with 11.5" gilt bronze laurel boughs tied with a LXVI ribbon. Every corner bears two gilt bronze laurel garlands leading down to fancy leg caps with beaded and striated detail. Elegant tapered and fluted legs feature delicately formed gilt bronze boughs tucked into the top of the flutes. Gilt bronze spindle sabots match the hardware connecting the corner joints and legs. A single generous drawer spans the length of the desk and boasts interior space 28.25" in width, 16.5" long and 2" deep. Floor to apron measurement is 25.5".
Condition: Great antique condition. Some light impressions and superficial scratches on the surface, two small water spots on the top and one dent, typical for age and use. Some bumps and nicks along the outside edge, one small piece of veneer is missing on top.
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