Early 20C French Neo Classical Revival Style Partners Desk

Early 20C French Neo Classical Revival Style Partners Desk.


Beautiful French Neo Classical Revival Style Partners Desk.

Probable made in the early 20th Century circa 1920-3 in the Empire Style…… with Neo Classical influences.

The Empire style, French pronunciation: [ɑ̃.piːʁ],the second phase of Romanticism, is an early-nineteenth-century design movement in architecture, furniture, other decorative arts, and the visual arts that flourished between 1800 and 1815 during the Consulate and the First French Empire periods, although its life span lasted until the late 1820s (or more depending on each country). From France it spread into much of Europe and the United States.

The style originated in and takes its name from the rule of Napoleon I in the First French Empire, when it was intended to idealize Napoleon’s leadership and the French state. The style corresponds in that intent to the Biedermeier style in the German-speaking lands, Federal style in the United States, and the Regency style in Britain. The previous style in France was called Louis XVI style.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empire_style

Early 20C French Neo Classical Revival Style Partners Desk.

Neoclassicism (from Greek νέος nèos, “new” and Latin classicus, “of the highest rank”)[1] is the name given to Western movements in the decorative and visual arts, literature, theatre, music, and architecture that draw inspiration from the “classical” art and culture of Ancient Greece or Ancient Rome. Neoclassicism was born in Rome in the mid-18th century, but its popularity spread all over Europe, as a generation of European art students finished their Grand Tour and returned from Italy to their home countries with newly rediscovered Greco-Roman ideals.[2] The main Neoclassical movement coincided with the 18th-century Age of Enlightenment, and continued into the early 19th century, latterly competing with Romanticism. In architecture, the style continued throughout the 19th, 20th and up to the 21st century.

European Neoclassicism in the visual arts began c. 1760 in opposition to the then-dominant Baroque and Rococo styles. Rococo architecture emphasizes grace, ornamentation and asymmetry; Neoclassical architecture is based on the principles of simplicity and symmetry, which were seen as virtues of the arts of Rome and Ancient Greece, and were more immediately drawn from 16th-century Renaissance Classicism. Each “neo”-classicism selects some models among the range of possible classics that are available to it, and ignores others. The neoclassical writers and talkers, patrons and collectors, artists and sculptors of 1765–1830 paid homage to an idea of the generation of Phidias, but the sculpture examples they actually embraced were more likely to be Roman copies of Hellenistic sculptures. They ignored both Archaic Greek art and the works of Late Antiquity. The “Rococo” art of ancient Palmyra came as a revelation, through engravings in Wood’s The Ruins of Palmyra. Even Greece was all-but-unvisited, a rough backwater of the Ottoman Empire, dangerous to explore, so neoclassicists’ appreciation of Greek architecture was mediated through drawings and engravings, which subtly smoothed and regularized, “corrected” and “restored” the monuments of Greece, not always consciously.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neoclassicism

Early 20C French Neo Classical Revival Style Partners Desk.

Made of rare burr yew wood …..with a gorgeous yellow-brown patina…..with ormolu mounts and dark green Moroccan leather desk insert.

Ebonized pillars with casted mounts.

The ebonized pillars are on all sides sides of each pediment….the are topped with a ormolu mount of a lady’s head…..they come to an end with a pair of gilt mounted feet.

Each pediment panel has a gilt metal mount of an Angel with a trumpet.

The table section also has gilt metal mounts on each panel depicting various themes and scenes.

The handles are gilt metal lions heads.

On the seat side there are 3 drawers…..one large central drawer and 2 side drawers.

Both sides of the pediment have swing doors that open to 2 shelves on either side for storage.

Early 20C French Neo Classical Revival Style Partners Desk.


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Early 20C French Neo Classical Revival Style Partners Desk.

Provenance: Bought from a reputable auction house in Ireland.

Dimensions: 76″ Wide, 32.2″ tall and 35.75″ deep

Condition: Excellent

Price Now: $4,750 (On Hold)

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