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Royal Italian Writing Desk and Armchair
- One of the finest writing tables of the 19th century, this desk was made for King Carlo Alberto
- The writing table and its matching armchair are rife with secret drawers and compartments
- Striking in both aesthetic and technical innovation, the desk is an example of royal luxury
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Notably, this writing table and its matching armchair are rife with secret drawers and compartments. Cleverly concealed buttons and levers open secret drawers and panels, revealing storage spaces within the rails of the chair seat, center square of the desk, frieze, corners, carved lion’s heads and throughout the base. A writing slide pulls out from above the center drawer on one side of the desk, while the opposite side is fitted with hidden architectural interiors, each brimming with secret compartments. One of the finest hand-crafted writing tables of the 19th century, the desk is marked by remarkable design and ingenuity.
The mysterious King Carlo Alberto, whose political actions ranged from revolutionary to absolutionist, was as complex as his intriguing desk. He forged many political alliances, meaning there was never a shortage of secret correspondence and planning to be stored. Alberto was responsible for leading his country to the First War of Independence (1848-1849) and is known for guiding Italy through its first steps toward eventual unification. After being defeated in a battle against absolutist Austria in 1849 at Novara, the King abdicated in favor of his son, Victor Emmanuel II. He then left for exile in Oporto, Portugal, where he died in the same year.
Desk: 54 1/2” wide x 33” high x 32 3/4” deep
Chair: 23” wide x 36 3/8” high