Found in France. "TAHAN", possibly the most lauded name in cabinetry of 19th century Paris, and the competition was stiff - shared among firms like Vervelle, Alph. Giroux, Paul Sormani. But through to today, the signature boxes, chests of TAHAN will carry higher value. Both for superb design and finest quality craftsmanship and hardware, this one is a fine example of TAHAN quality. Dating from the Napoleon III era, (1850-70), the rich coloration of the burl wood, the heavy brass pencil edging and cartouche accenting the top, framed in with stringing which contrasts and separates burl from kingwood - inlays of mother of pearl at the corners. Such elegance! Full measurements noted on photos.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type, the veneers and all brass inlays, stringing and edging are intact. No warp, no notable flaws, it opens smoothly and retains the 2 original inkwells and covered pen compartment. Writing surface had the original deep blue silk velvet surface, which does show age, but little tatter. Fold the upper surface forward to reveal a large compartment for your letters, writing paper, stationery and envelopes. Stunning museum quality cabinetry.