French Antique Writing Table or Desk in Renaissance Style

Item 9219 by M. Markley Antiques


small walnut table or desk

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Item 9219

Renaissance Table or Desk


Width 43˝, Height 30, Depth 27 (in inches)


Solid walnut




Circa 1880




The table (or desk), made of a light-colored, solid French walnut (noyer blond), has two drawers.  The wood has the characteristic clarity and small grain of old growth walnut, along with a depth and richness benefiting from the ciré patiné technique.  The design of the desk involves classic Neo-Renaissance elements such as ionic columns supported by a square base of carved acanthus leaves, a trestle stretcher with colonettes supporting carved arches, corbels located on the frieze.  Hand-carved in France, most likely around the end of the 19th century, the desk has its original hardware.  The virtuosic carving eloquently reflects the 19th century passion for Renaissance stylistic elements dating back to Greco-Roman architecture.



Ader-Tajan, Collection Bruno Perrier Haute Epoque (Catalog for Sale at Auction on April 6, 1992 at the Hotel Drouot, Paris)



Owing to its solid walnut construction, the desk is suitable for virtually any room in a home or office and will blend well with other antique or contemporary furniture.


9219-antique writing table desk


9219-desk frieze detail


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