A French 19th Century Louis XV St. Tulipwood And Kingwood Desk
Item # 6881
A charming French 19th century Louis XV st. tulipwood and kingwood desk possibly by G. Durand. The desk is raised by four elegant cabriole legs with richly chased wrap around ormolu sabots. Each leg has their original casters and ormolu chute leading up to impressive finely chased ormolu corner mounts. The scalloped shaped frieze displays three drawers, with foliate ormolu keyhole escutcheon and exceptional floral marquetry. The back and sides are also decorated with similar charming marquetry over a butterfly design panel. At the top is the original gold tooled writing surface is framed in a tulipwood border with a mottled ormolu wrap around gallery.
Gervais-Maximilien-Eugène Durand, Paris (1839-1920 )
Maison Durand was established in 1870 Paris, producing top quality 18th century style furniture. Durand participated at the Exposition Universelle in 1889, where he received a silver medal. Durand was commended as a very talented and modest cabinetmaker creating furniture of the highest caliber, not only the creator but also the designer of each piece, and notably following in the footsteps of Masters such as Beurdeley and Dasson. In 1890 his son Frederic-Louis joined him and the firm was renamed Durand et Fils