A very decorative Italian mid 19th century patinated and giltwood desk. This elegant desk is raised on eight cabriole legs decorated with giltwood foliate and acanthus leaves. At the façade is a central drawer flanked by three drawers on each side. All the drawers with finely chased ormolu keyhole escutcheons and are exquisitely decorated with carved giltwood shells, foliate and acanthus leaves. The impressive arbalette shaped sides have superb giltwood design elements, and inner sides also have giltwood designs. At the top is a gilt tooled leather fitted within a patinated and giltwood border. All original patina and gilt throughout.