Writing desk, 'Transition Cilinderbureau' - possible alliance weapon in Burgundy and the 7 provinces - Bronze (gilt), Mahogany - 1770-1780

Writing desk, 'Transition Cilinderbureau' - possible alliance weapon in Burgundy and the 7 provinces - Bronze (gilt), Mahogany - 1770-1780

Elegantly designed and bent 18th century Dutch cylinder desk made during the short transition period from Louis XV to Louis XVI, the so-called Transition Period around 1770-1780. The cylinder desk is constructed from oak & mahogany and is glued with flamed mahogany veneer that fully extends from the top to the so called "skirt”. The cylinder desk consists of a top & bottom part, which is connected by a pin & hole connection with separate counter pins. By pulling the writing leaf with the two brass knobs towards you, the well-working cylinder will slide backwards at the same time. In the nest / interior there is a centrally-placed shutter door with behind it a drawer and on both sides two half pillars decorated with gilded cast brass capitals and bases. The left copy is a "secret" box. In addition, there are ten more drawers in total, eight of which have the original gilded knob. The top side is originally set with a profile frame. Under the writing leaf there are three well-running drawers with semicircular frame work. The original cast brass fittings are decorated with the typical style characteristics of the Neo Classicism, such as the different flower & leaf motifs, festoons and oval medallions hung on bows. In the top oval, two ovals come together in which the shield with lilies (burgundy) and a lion with sword and a bundle of arrows (Dutch Republic Lion of the 7 United Provinces) are depicted. In the left oval a rooster is depicted which stands for "force" and in the right a bundle of arrows which stands for “jointly more strength". All this resembles an alliance weapon for commitment between the French Burgundy and the 7 provinces of the Netherlands. The well-running drawers have locks with a working key, the lock of the top drawer has once been replaced and the other two are original. The diagonal corners / "knees" are trimmed with a cast brass decorative edge and continue into the legs in richly detailed cast brass "sabots". On the "apron" a cast brass ornament is placed decorated with a classic vase, garlands and leaf motifs. There are several old and non-disturbing restorations to the veneer all over the object. The cylinder desk has a beautiful warm orange-brown colour and nice silky shine from its authentic wax finish.

Lot details
'Transition Cilinderbureau' - possible alliance weapon in Burgundy and the 7 provinces, Writing desk
Bronze (gilt), Mahogany
Estimated Period
Country of Origin
Good condition - used with small signs of aging & blemishes
115×129×66.5 cm
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