Description & Technical information

By Charles CRESSENT.
The rounded rectangular molded top with central leather-lined adjustable ratcheted reading-slope, framed within herringbone parquetry borders and flanked by hinged compartments. The inverted breakfront waved frieze with central recessed drawer with a rocaille grotesque mask escutcheon flanked by two further drawers with gadrooned and acanthus-scroll frames. The shaped ends with scrolled acanthus and pierced lambrequin spray mounts; the reverse conformingly inlaid with three simulated drawers. On cabriole legs, headed by rocaille cabochons and floral trellis, terminating in lion-paw feet.

Charles CRESSENT (1685-1768), Ebéniste du Régent, was active from 1719 to 1757.

This desk was executed by CRESSENT around 1730, an attribution that can be justified on several counts. Constructionally, both the pine carcase and walnut drawer-linings are entirely consistent with the Ebéniste s oeuvre at this date, and the use of amaranth and cross banded satin wood is characteristic of his production.
Although the lines of the legs (comparison with the Gulbenkian desk), shape of the carcase and general proportions are extremely modern for their time, the design of the ormolu mounts still recalls the influence of the Louis XIV period.

The use of the mounts on this desk, which is indisputably by CRESSENT, perhaps sheds some light on the early career of this Great Ebéniste.
Charles CRESSENT also worked for the Duc d Orléans, the Elector of Bavaria, Blondel de Gagny, as well as Crozat, famous collector and Royal Treasurer.

Date:  First half of 18th century
Period:  1600-1750, 1750-1850
Origin:  France
Medium: Ormolu, Mounted satinwood
Dimensions: 77.98 x 141.99 x 63.5 cm (30⁷/₁₀ x 55⁹/₁₀ x 25 inches)
Categories: Furniture