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Louis Majorelle

"Junko" Writing Desk

Estimate:

8,000

to
- 12,000 USD

Louis Majorelle

Louis Majorelle

"Junko" Writing Desk

"Junko" Writing Desk

Estimate:

8,000

to
- 12,000 USD

Lot sold:

15,120

USD

Louis Majorelle

"Junko" Writing Desk


circa 1900

with two period keys

walnut, gilt bronze

branded MAJORELLE/DÉCORATEUR/124 R DE PROVENCE PARIS

29 ½ x 54 ½ x 30 ¾ in. (74.9 x 138.4 x 78.1 cm)

Overall in very good condition. The wooden surfaces appear to have been sensitively refinished at some point in the history of the desk to revitalize the rich quality of the walnut. The wood surfaces present with light scratches, minor edge abrasions and minute indentations throughout consistent with gentle use. The corner of the desktop depicted beneath the table lamp in the catalogue illustration with a slightly more pronounced abrasion to the wood measuring approximately 1/2 in. wide and not visually distracting. The desktop presents with rich figuring to the wood grain with some very minor crackling concentrated to the center and consistent with age. One area of the tabletop with evidence of later inpainting covering an area measuring approximately 5/8 x 3/8 in. and not visually distracting. The raised “Junko” decorative motifs are very well-preserved overall and present with some very light soiling concentrated to the recessed areas. The desk features a pullout tray on either side, both of which are functional. The proper left pullout tray with a hairline crack measuring approximately 8 in. that appears stable. The feet of the desk with protective felt pads applied to the underside. The gilt bronze handles are in very well-preserved condition with some light discoloration to the gilding and age-appropriate oxidation. The interior drawers are fitted with removable velvet compartments. The desk is offered together with two period keys, possibly original to the piece, which present with oxidation throughout; also offered with a later custom glass top which is in excellent condition with very minor scattered surface scratches and six protective rubber pads applied to the underside. A well-preserved and rare model by Louis Majorelle.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby’s is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD “AS IS” IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE. 

Macklowe Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above
Majorelle Nancy: décorations d'intérieurs, meubles, tentures, bronzes, ferronneries, sales catalogue, Nancy, n.d., n.p. (for a related model)
Alastair Duncan, Louis Majorelle: Master of Art Nouveau Design, London, 1991, p. 99 (for a related model)