Napoleon’s Desk

Dear Diva Readers,

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Both the Empire mahogany desk and chair were believed to have been used in Napoleon’s room at Fontainbleau. The chair, a “fauteuil d’apparat” and desk were made by the famous French furniture makers Jacob Frere, run by Jacob Desmaltiers and his brother George Jacob II. The plain leather top of the desk is paired with ornate friezes of lion’s feet in a faux bronze finish as the legs.

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The desk sits in a room embellished with gold and silk 16th C Italian embroideries – it’s technically the Music Room but today more often hosts luncheon parties than jam sessions. It was even used by a past Earl as the Ping Pong room!!!

The Antiques Diva®

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