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Monumental 19th Century Portuguese Desk and Table in Ebonized Brazilian Rosewood



Splendid and luxurious 19th century monumental Portuguese solid rosewood finely carved writing table. Having a beautiful dark rich patina and gilt brass mounts, this writing table can be floated in the middle of a room as it is finished on both sides. The chest top housing eleven drawers with a facade of cushion front panels edged in ripple molded and fitted with gilt brass handles on decoratively pierced mounts. The drawers are locking, and the original key is included, making this a functional and highly decorative storage piece. Minor wear consistent with age and history. Being made mainly of Brazilian rosewood, desks gradually took on some peculiarly Portuguese features that distinguished them from their European counterparts. The use of "tremidos" (turned and trembling) in the decoration of the drawers, with apparently identical fronts, the increasingly sculptural treatment given to the apron, the turning of the legs and, particularly in the second half of the century, the contrast between the dark wood of the furniture and the bright shine of the gilt mounts marked the beginning of what came to be known as the “Portuguese national style”.


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