Antique Figured Mahogany Fancy Federal Empire Desk Vanity
This is one of those unique pieces that the photos speak much better than any written description.
This is a stunningly beautiful antique desk (we are calling it a desk, however it may be possible it was originally intended as a vanity with a mirror attached. We see no real evidence of this except the two narrow wood strips on top of each row of drawers are not original to the piece, so they may have been used to cover something up).
The figured mahogany top of the desk has gracefully rounded outside corners, with half round projections that cap off the round front legs. Above the center drawer the desk top recessed in slightly. The edge of the top has a nice molded detail.
a tall apron follows the pattern of the top and has a beautiful figured mahogany veneer applied and a molded projection below the case. The large drawer in the front has a flame or crotch mahogany veneer and a lighter color accent molded edge that contrasts beautifully with the darker veneer.
The upper part of the desk is made up of a section of 3 drawers on each end. Rounded front corners on the drawer sections continue to give the smooth lines. The single center drawer is set into a nicely shaped case. All the drawers have the darker figured mahogany veneer with thee contrasting molded edges. All drawers have hand cut dovetails and have the original turned wood knobs.
The heavy front legs have beautiful turnings with rounded bottoms. Rear legs are simpler styles with squared edges. The bottom solid shelf stretcher somewhat follow the shape of the top with a rounded recess for your legs. Veneer covers the stretcher.
Overall this piece is in very good condition and is definitely a conversation piece. As can be seen in the photos, some of the veneer has age cracks, mostly around the edges of the bottom stretcher. There is also a small section of wood missing on the back of the left set of drawers.
Antique Federal Figured Mahogany Desk Vanity Specifications:
Approx Age: 1850-1875
Wood: Solid Mahogany and figured mahogany veneer. Secondary other wood in frame and drawer case.
Approx. Dimensions: 53-1/2″ wide,
28-1/2″ Tall to top of desk, 39″ tall overall.
22″ knee Clearance
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