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Writing Table

Decorative Arts

MEDIUM Tulipwood, casuarina wood
  • Place Made: Paris, France
  • DATES ca. 1765
    DIMENSIONS 29 3/4 x 21 1/4 x 15 3/4 in. (75.6 x 54 x 40 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS no marks
    SIGNATURE no signature
    INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 68.202.10
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Estate of Mary Hayward Weir
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Writing Table, ca. 1765. Tulipwood, casuarina wood, 29 3/4 x 21 1/4 x 15 3/4 in. (75.6 x 54 x 40 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Estate of Mary Hayward Weir, 68.202.10. Creative Commons-BY
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Writing table (table a ecrire); tulipwood, casuarina wood, holly and various other woods inlaid on pine and oak. Louis XV style. Oval top with three-quarter pierced brass gallery; surface inlaid in trellis pattern enclosing stylized flowers. Panels between legs, on skirt, similarly inlaid; front panel fronts drawer with leather lined slide for writing; also fitted with compartments for pounce and ink pots. Four cabriole legs with bronze dore mounts above knees and on feet. Kidney-shaped shelf inlaid as top, with brass edging, fitted between legs slightly over half way down. CONDITION - Excellent. Top appears to have been rather badly warped and split, re-done and neatly repaired (evidenced by butterfly dovetails of fresher wood on underside of top.
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    Writing Table