You are a lady of letters, penning your first novel, and what better setting for your spicy memoirs than your own French writing desk. French furniture styles are distinctive due to several traditional elements that exude grace and careful craftsmanship. The cabriole leg is one identifying feature of the style, where the leg curves outward delicately, then inwardly at the bottom to a decorative foot. French Provincial furniture is famous for its smooth white veneer and gold paint trim, but historically, it refers to pieces that are more casual from artisans outside of Paris. A Parisian antique writing desk features delicate form, with cabriole legs, scrollwork feet, and gilded trim. Because of its graceful lines and lightness of construction, a ladies' writing desk of Parisian design goes well in the bedroom. French furniture design has been a favorite for both collectors and decorators, whether as true antiques or replicas. If purchasing for antique value, as well as style, make sure you research the piece before making a purchase. The materials, construction methods, and design details should be accurate for the period stated, and there are a number of published guides for verifying authenticity. You can find a French writing desk of traditional woods and in classic French designs from the vast inventory on eBay.
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