Style Napoleon III / Ref.10703
Julien-Nicolas RIVART (1802-1867) - Writing desk with gilt bronze espagnolettes and porcelain marquetry decoration
Width: 35'' 89cm
Height: 41'' ¾ 106cm
Depth: 18'' ⅞ 48cm
Between 1850 and 1867.
Rosewood, gilt bronze, porcelain marquetry. In very good condition.
Rivart , a skillful artist, achieved an aesthetic synthesis between the Florentine hard stone marquetry and the decoration of porcelain slabs from 18th century. He can hence combine the lightness of marquetry and its sophisticated contrasts effects, with the charm of painting on porcelain. The marquetry invented by Rivart enables these sophisticated hues to contrast directly with the wood, and prevents to hide the veins and the cabinetmaker's beautiful work. For that reason, at the World's Fairs of 1851, 1855 and 1867, this technique is described as "a delicious process", "yet more beautiful than beautiful", and receives the Emperor Napoleon III's congratulations.
The finely chiseled friezes in gilt bronze follow the piece's lines and frame the porcelain bouquet, while the espagnolettes on the four jambs make an echo to the feminine charm of the decoration. The desk is crowned by an open-work gilt bronze balcony, enabling to lay objects on it, and equipped by four drawers opening from outside, their locks adorned of branches.
Equipped with a fine gilt bronze key, this writing desk includes several shelves in its rosewood interior, and a blotter made in a beautiful red leather.
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