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Napoleon III Period French Writing Desk

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Napoleon III Period French Writing Desk

This petit fold-out bureau has many of the best-loved elements of “Second Empire” design – black lacquer, cast, and inlaid brass, and somewhat sensual curves. The piece is made from hardwood, veneered and lacquered black. Interior drawers are Mahogany. The writing surface is felted and the interior desk surface slides back to reveal a hidden compartment. The outer corner of each leg features a full-length brass fitting that terminates in a decorative flourish. When closed, the exterior of the desktop features an elegant crest of inlaid brass –all original. Desks like this were once used primarily by women for personal letters and correspondence. Today it would make a stylish thank-you note station. The Napoleon III style, also known as the Second Empire style, was a highly eclectic style of architecture and decorative arts, which used elements of many different historical styles, and also made innovative use of modern materials, such as iron frameworks and glass skylights. It flourished during the reign of Emperor Napoleon III in France (1852–1871) and had an important influence on architecture and decoration in the rest of Europe and the United States. Major examples of the style include the Opéra Garnier (1862–1871) in Paris by Charles Garnier, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, and the Church of Saint Augustine (1860–1871).
Origin | France
Year Made | 19th Century
Material | Solid Wood & Brass Inlay
Dimensions | 29"W x 17.75"D x 35.75"H
ID | 17E04054
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