A charming and extremely decorative Italian 19th century Venetian patinated and giltwood writing desk / side table. The desk is raised by elegant cabriole legs with scrolled feet and wonderful hand painted foliate patterns and rich foliate giltwood carvings. The arbalest shaped frieze, with one central drawer, displays fine floral hand painted designs and a rich central scrolled giltwood seashell reserve. Above is the brown gold tooled leather writing surface framed in a patinated border with a giltwood band. All original paint and gilt throughout.