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A North Italian ebonised and ivory-inlaid desk

LATE 19TH CENTURY

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A North Italian ebonised and ivory-inlaid desk
Late 19th Century
The D-shaped breakfront top inset with an ochre-coloured leather writing surface, the back with partial gallery and raised shelf, the frieze with central shallow drawer inlaid with scrolling foliage and a pair of griffins, flanked to each side by a similarly-inlaid deep drawer with secret compartment to the back, with foliate-inlaid sides and back, on foliate-carved turned and fluted tapering legs and a lyre-shaped back support, joined by a C-shaped stretcher
40¼ in. (102.2 cm.) wide; 36¾ in. (93.4 cm.) high; 24¾ in. (62.8 cm.) deep
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