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thedude50

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392 days ago

This is a great desk it is in mint condition yet is was used and is quite old the Museum and I are negotiating on a measuring and Close detail photography agreement as I want to use this one to inspire a new desk I want to make. The Design is Classic High Style French. From The Louie the 18th Dynasty. It is a remarkable piece I hope you like it as much as I do.

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Brandon

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#1 posted 392 days ago

I can’t say that I’ve ever been a huge fan of the French furniture aesthetic, but anyone who is interested in it should visit the Getty Center’s collection in Los Angeles. Wow, rooms and rooms full of the stuff.

Lance, best wishes on building your piece. I can’t imagine the time involved in undertaking such an ornate piece of furniture.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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Dan Krager

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#2 posted 392 days ago

It is going to take a not-so-short lifetime to build anything like that. At full time effort, just the carving appliques would take a couple years! And that gold foil wasn’t rattle canned either. Inlaid veneer out the kazoo…wow. A lofty dream! Good luck with that. Keep a good blog so we can encourage you!
DanK

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 392 days ago

That sure is pretty!

I wish you the best in building one like that!

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shipwright

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#4 posted 392 days ago

Do you do marquetry?

Probably the leading expert in this style and certainly in French marquetry in North America is Patrick Edwards and luckily for you he’s in San Diego and gives classes. http://www.wpatrickedwards.com/ He’s even” on LJ's.

Good luck on this if you attempt it. It is a huge undertaking.

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thedude50

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#5 posted 391 days ago

Yes I have played with marquetry but not to this level My desk will be based on this but will not be a duplication it will be a bit simpler I will not be doing the carving myself as I am just learning to carve and it will be done by a master most likely Mary May

Paul I have considered Patrick for helping me with the desk and now that your touting him I believe that’s how I will go. I will be on this project for a few years and it will be a major piece in my collection. I have not picked the wood for my version as yet. I was thinking of doing a small mock up

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shipwright

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#6 posted 391 days ago

I admire your ambition.
I hope you do well with it.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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RogerInColorado

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#7 posted 391 days ago

At the Colorado Woodworkers Guild this past week, the presentation was on furniture from the King Henry period through the 2nd Napoleon. Part of the presentation included a comment that some of the furniture for some of the Louis probably involved between 15 and 30 artisan apprentices and took a year or more. but then, they didn’t have StopSaws, planers and on-line veneer sources. Having said that, it is still an awesome undertaking.

I admire your ambition. I look forward to seeing the results of your efforts. I hope you would favor us with a build log with photos.

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b2rtch

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#8 posted 391 days ago

Lance,good to see you back on the forum.
Louis is spelled Louis ( an “s” instead of the “e”).
I love the technique in this kind of furniture but I really dislike the style.
Good luck to you with your project.

-- Bert

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thedude50

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#9 posted 387 days ago

This Project is moving along I will be going to San Diego for some training in the future But right now I am focused on Setting up all the sub contractors used to make such a desk a lot of this will have to come from France. I have talked with Patrick and we will be doing several skill builders before the desk begins He thinks the project will take several years and when done will be quite nice and the prize of my collection.

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