• Circa: 1940
• Period: Art Deco
• Wood: Figured Walnut & Macassar Ebony
• Item: Art Deco Desk
• Size: 3ft 8½”wide x 1ft 7⅝”deep
• Superb figured walnut geometric veneers
• Moulded top
• Stepped design & clean lines
• 3 drawers
• Mahogany lined & quarter beaded drawers
• Dovetail drawer joints
• 2 cupboards
• Original Bakelite drawer handles
• Recessed rosewood plinths
• Inset side panels
• Original polish & patination
• Excellent condition
• Single piece desk
• Free delivery to mainland England, Wales & southern Scotland*
• 14-day free UK returns policy
Here is a fine quality antique English Art Deco Ruhlmann style figured walnut & macassar ebony pedestal office desk, circa 1930, in excellent condition. The desk boasts a fantastic geometric figured walnut veneer design to the top and front. The desktop features stunning quality burr walnut mirror-matched veneer moulded top, above three drawers. The drawers feature dovetail construction, are mahogany lined and quarter beaded. The drawers also retain their original black Bakelite handles. To both pedestals is a two-tier internal compartment. The doors to the compartments both retain their original spring-loaded latch mechanisms. The pedestals terminate on recessed macassar ebony veneered plinths. This desk boasts classic Art Deco styling in the clean lines, handles, feet and geometric design. This is a single piece item.
The desk boasts a rich walnut colour. It has a fantastic colour and patinaton; this can only be achieved through age and years of care and cleaning it has received.
This desk would look superb in a variety of rooms from the work place to the home office. It would certainly grace any home or office and is a great investment, as it is extremely functional. So, don’t miss out on your chance to own a lovely piece of furniture.
History of Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann
Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann (28 August 1879 – 15 November 1933), his first names often seen reversed as Jacques-Émile, was a renowned French designer of furniture and interiors, epitomising for many the glamour of the French Art Deco style of the 1910s and 1920s. He was born in Paris to Alsatian parents who were in the general decorating business. When his father died in 1907, he took over the family firm. In 1919 Ruhlmann founded, with Pierre Laurent, the company Ruhlmann et Laurent, specializing in interior design and producing luxury home goods that included furniture, wallpaper and lighting. By this time, Ruhlmann was making formal elegant furniture using precious and exotic woods in combination with ivory fittings, giving them a classic, timeless appeal. Ruhlmann’s legacy as a designer was the subject of a major retrospective exhibition at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2004. In 2009, he was called the “Art Deco’s greatest artist” by the New York Times.
This Art Deco desk is in excellent condition. It is has been adapted from a dressing table. The desk has been French polished by hand, to a professional standard in our workshop. Nominal old use marks to the leading edges and insides of drawers, but nothing significant considering the age of the item. There are no marks, stains or scratches to the top of the desk. There is no damage to the desk. The drawers and cupboard doors retain their original Bakelite handles. The drawers also feature dovetail construction, mahogany interiors and quarter beading, closing flush to the frame. This is a single piece desk; it does not dismantle into sections. The desk boasts a rich walnut colour. It has a fantastic colour and patinaton; this can only be achieved through age and years of care and cleaning it has received. This item is well constructed, solid in joint and ready to use.
Height = 80.8cm or 31⅞” or 2ft 7⅞”
Width = 112.8cm or 44½” or 3ft 8½”
Depth (including handles) = 49.8cm or 19⅝” or 1ft 7⅝”
Knee Height = 62.5cm or 24⅝” or 2ft ⅝”
Knee Width (pedestals) = 46.5cm or 18⅜” or 1ft 6⅜”
Knee Width (plinths) = 48.1cm or 19” or 1ft 7”
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