Louis XIV-Period Kingwood Bureau Mazarin

  • This Louis XIV-period bureau Mazarin is as extraordinary in construction as it is in design
  • Crafted of kingswood, the surface of the desk features an understated fruitwood and ebony inlay
  • The top opens to a writing surface, while locked drawers and hidden compartments provide storage
  • Set upon bun feet, this desk is an excellent example of Louis XIV furniture craftsmanship at its fin
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This exceptional Louis XIV-period bureau Mazarin, or "writing table," is as extraordinary in construction as it is in design. Crafted of kingswood, the surface of the desk features an understated fruitwood and ebony inlay. The top opens to reveal a writing surface, while locked drawers and hidden compartments make it the ideal place to store one's important papers or objects. Set upon bun feet, this desk is an excellent example of Louis XIV furniture craftsmanship at its finest.

The form of the bureau Mazarin was based on an earlier model that was made for Cardinal Mazarin, the regent of France from 1642 to 1661. The earliest predecessor of the pedestal desk, it was specially designed to provide ample locked storage space. Essentially an elevated chest, the bureau Mazarin was something entirely new. Masterfully conceived, the desk boasted the functionality of a writing surface, equipped with drawers and locked storage space, and was also often used as a dressing table. While traditional bureau Mazarins are raised by eight legs joined by two “x” shaped stretchers, this example provides even more storage space by adding drawers on each side.

Circa 1690

51" wide x 19 1/4" deep x 30 1/2" high
Louis XIV-Period Kingwood Bureau Mazarin
Period: 17th Century
Origin: France
Type: Desk/Writing Tables
Depth: 19.25 Inches
Width: 51.0 Inches
Height: 30.5 Inches
Style: Louis XIV

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