Marie Antoinettes Writing Table By Holland & Sons

Marie Antoinettes Writing Table By Holland & Sons


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Important Louis XV1 style writing table [Bureau Plat] Exhibition Quality, firmly attributed to Holland & sons. The Earl of Sefton at Croxteth hall, commissioned Holland & sons circa 1860 to make Marie Antoinettes writing table [Bureau Plat] to the exact dimensions, also as the original using Amaranth veneer, the same quality chased and gilt bronze mounts, the 4 gilt bronze plaques with the same detail with Cherubs playing musical instruments on the front & back, and Cherubs with flame torch and lyre on each side, the same octagonal tapering legs with the same quality gilt bronze mounts. The only difference between the two tables, Marie Antoinettes table have key escutcheons cut through the gilt chased panels on the three drawers, Holland & sons made the 3 drawers with buttons underneath to press and the drawers shoot out, pushed back and click when closed, quality oak-;lined drawers and fine dovetails. The top with inset green leather, Amaranth veneer, with quality gilt bronze edge. This table quality is also worthy of Royalty. Holland & Sons made other Louis XV1 style pieces of furniture for the Earl of Sefton, and Holland & Sons made furniture for Queen Victoria, which are now in Buckingham Palace & Sandringham. The last Earl of Sefton at Croxteth Hall with no Heirs died in 1972 and Christies sold the contents in 1973 a distant relation of the Earl bought this writing table at the action for £1365, which was over an annual salary at that time. [I have the original auction catalogue and auction receipt] The original Marie Antoinettes writing table [Bureau Plat] was made by Jean-Henri Riesener, for the salon of the Queens house at Versailles in 1748, this table is shown online at the Kraemer gallery in Paris.
Fantastic colour and condition.


W109.0 x H76.0 x D63.0 cm



Wear condition


Date of manufacture


Place of origin

United Kingdom


Gilt, Bronze


19th Century


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