Mahogany French Type Napoleon Desk with Drop Front, American origin circa 1825
A large and handsome French type Flame Mahogany Napoleon Desk with French feet surmounted by narrow scrolled side columns. The piece exhibits the finest mahogany and flame mahogany veneers. There is an exquisite flame with a deep patina on the front. The desk is fitted with top drawers and writing desk below.
The desk is about 26 inches in depth.
The drop down top drawer desk area reveals a hidden desk compartment that consists of storage slots and numerous petite horizontal drawers with small knob pulls. When the panel is up, it conceals a network of small doors, cubbies, shelves and/or drawers used for organizing documents, and storing writing implements and paper or for jewelry and small collectibles..
Ample storage is found in the bottom drawers, and can be used as a dresser as well.
Beneath the top are two large drawers with curved fronts.
Size: Approximately 37” in width. 67” in height
American, Circa 1825-35.
Early American 19th century furniture derived in style by Napoleon I (1769 - 1821) who became Emperor (1804 - 1814).The Empire style was based on aspects of the Roman Empire. Furniture typically had symbols and ornaments borrowed from the glorious ancient Greek and Roman empires. Gone were the delicate carvings and round romantic shapes. Bold and formal, Empire style was defined by architectural elements like columns, pilasters and bronze work. The pieces were commonly made from heavy woods such as mahogany and ebony.