Directoire Period Walnut Cylinder Roll Top Writing Desk


c.1810, France

An impressive large Directoire Period Walnut Cylinder Roll Top Writing Desk in walnut and beautifully figured burr walnut veneer. This handsome desk preserves the elegant and stately characteristics of earlier periods with the moderation of the elongated and uncomplicated shape and clear lines of the Directoire period.

Having a flecked grey marble top above three drawers, a well-appointed interior, with a space for all things correspondence and office related. The interior provides additional spots for organising your belongings, and pigeon holes and cubby for papers and notes with four drawers and original leather top slide. Below the interior are two long drawers with working locks, the keyholes are surrounded by styled brass escutcheons.

Raised on square section tapering legs with brass capped feet.


H 120cm x W 119cm x D 59cm


Sold As Is. In Good Condition. Wear consistent with age and use. Conservation to both long drawers being fitted with updated hardware and key.

Historical Notes

French Cylinder or Roll Top Desks were constructed with extraordinary care, often using various wood types and bronze. A well made French roll top desk are a consistently popular piece of furniture, and those created in the Louis XVI, Directoire and Empire periods are sought after with frequency.