French Kingwood and Ormolu Bureau Plat Late 19th Century by Au Gros Chene, Paris
A fine French kingwood and ormolu-mounted bureau plat by the renowned and luxury Parisian furnishers, Au Gros Chene, Paris. Having gilt tooled leather top framed with timber crossbanding and gilt bronze mounts to each corner. Below is a large central drawer, decorated with a Gilt Bronze mount of the Roman God Bacchus, flanked by three drawers pedestals. All drawers are mounted with the most elaborate, scrolling foliage handles and escutcheons. Each corner has an elaborate carved and chased figure of a lady and each foot terminates in a delightful lion paws foot. The end panels with beautiful contrasting veneers and central gilt bronze masks. The opposing side of the desk being replicated with faux drawers. All drawers have a lock and key, several having the retailers label still intact. The majority of the drawers are oak lined, always a sign of quality. An extremely good looking and functional piece of antique furniture, The well-regarded furnishers ‘Au Gros Che^ne’ were situated in 12 Rue Drouot, Paris and today, the site is occupied by the Ho^tel Drouot, the exhibition center of the majority of French art auction houses. We date range this item from 1880-1900. The ingenuity of this cabinet maker is evident with the piece breaking down into four separate pieces for ease of transport and installation. Without doubt, one of the finest on the platform having such a wonderful rich color and being in excellent condition for its age. An antique French parquetry and bronze Cartonnier writing desk with Clock from the same furnishers is currently online from one of the most respected London dealers for well into six figures, so be quick!