A Scholarly Space: Objects for the Study

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Whether you are an architect or a writer, in business or law, your desk and study should reflect the same importance as the work that it accommodates. Objects for the work space that are both decorative and practical can lend aesthetic appeal and functionality to the study, whether it be in the office or the home. Bring both organization and timeless style to your work with items that evoke the classic urbanity of the gentleman's study.

Montblanc Autumn Fountain Pen

The art of writing reaches epic heights with this exquisite, limited edition Montblanc fountain pen

An attractive fountain pen is a necessity for any desk, and there is no better maker than Montblanc. Considered the premier name in luxury writing utensils for centuries, Montblanc’s fountain pens are widely regarded as the finest in the world. Aesthetically stunning with streamlined designs and magnificent in terms of performance, Montblanc pens appeal to both the writer and the connoisseur. The Four Seasons Collection, to which this rare pen belongs, was a limited edition design by the firm to commemorate the opening of three one-of-a kind boutiques in New York, Hong Kong, and Paris.

A number of hidden spaces elevate this Victorian bookcase to a truly intriguing piece

Hidden spaces enhance this Victorian bookcase

Crafted of 18K Gold, the entire surface is adorned with a delicate vine motif that is accented by brown and cognac diamonds. The piece is highlighted by a spectacular diamond drop, allowing the pen to sparkle from every angle. A mother of pearl plaque bearing Montblanc’s exquisite name completes the piece, which is one of only a handful from this coveted collection in existence.

An elegant, towering bookcase full of important texts is also a core essential in the well-functioning study. An extensive library collection not only offers easy access to one's reference materials, but also a world of literary entertainment. As an added bonus, this Victorian bookcase also boasts a number of hidden compartments behind the built in texts. Perhaps the best is the hidden bar, which provides the perfect opportunity for a night cap after one wraps up their business affairs.

Necessary to complete the center of any desk, this 19th century Gothic-style Regency inkwell evokes nostalgia of earlier times and speaks highly to the skills of its creator. Like other workspace items, this piece is as functional as it is visually appealing.

Bronze ormolu is contrasted by cranberry cut glass in this Regency-period inkwell

Bronze ormolu is contrasted by cranberry cut glass in this Regency-period inkwell

Fine bronze ormolu covers the elegant stand of the inkwell and is highlighted by rich, cranberry colored glass that form the well. Fascinating and unique, the two inkwells are removable to use with further ease. The center of the piece is highlighted by a gilt lion finial and the pen tray and handles all characteristics of the Gothic style: ornate, regal foliate designs and sumptuous scrollwork.

The combination of aesthetic beauty and functionality in these exquisite pieces imbues them with both personality and importance. Complete the learned atmosphere with an extraordinary desk, the perfect writing and reading area. A desk by Alfred Emmanuel Louis Beurdeley would certainly be both an elegant and eye-catching centerpiece to any gentleman’s study. The famed French ébéniste crafted furnishings that received high acclaim at numerous international exhibitions. His pieces, highly celebrated, evoke the elegance and restrained sophistication for which French artistry was renowned.

This desk is both an artistic and engineering masterpiece

This desk is both an artistic and engineering masterpiece

This mechanical represents the luxury and ingenuity for which his work was known and praised. The central drawer not only offers storage, but this remarkable piece also contains an additional writing surface. Some of the best examples of French craftsmanship boasted hidden spaces and clever design schemes such as this piece. Its innovative craftsmanship continues to amaze to this day.

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