Editors Pick - The 1862 Exhibition Boulle Marquetry Writing Desk by Toms & Luscombe

2Covet are pleased to present the Editor’s Pick, The 1862 Exhibition Boulle Marquetry Writing Desk by Toms & Luscombe from the exceptional dealer Butchoff Antiques Ltd.

This Bureau Plat in the style of Louis XIV and constructed in the manner of André-Charles Boulle was in actuality crafted by Toms and Luscombe, circa 1862. Toms and Luscombe traded from New Bond Street, London and specialised in remarkably skilled boulle or ‘buhl’ marquetry. The exquisite craftmanship described can be seen in the complex arabesque première-partie inlays, bronze doré serpentine mounts and faultlessly formed swept cabriole legs weaved with foliate chutes. This expertise was internationally decorated in 1862 when Toms & Luscombe showcased this incredible bureau plat at The Great Exhibition, and were awarded a medal for “Buhl cabinets and tables for good design and workmanship”.

Alongside international recognition in 1862, this magnificent Boulle Marquetry Writing Desk also appeared in the iconic James Bond film Dr No, 100 years later in 1962. Set amongst a multitude of famous works of art, such as Francisco Goya’s Portrait of the Duke of Wellington, the bureau plat epitomises the decadence, allure and hedonism of 1960s spy films whilst harmoniously entering the realm of popular culture.

We are extremely pleased to have this extraordinary piece from Butchoff Antiques Ltd here on 2Covet. View this 1862 Exhibition Boulle Marquetry Writing Desk in more detail or make an enquiry by following the link here.

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