In the world of antiques, some pieces are so well executed – in both design and construction – that they are more than their utilitarian sum. Rare, exquisitely made, beautifully designed – this writing table is indeed a work of art, and to look upon it every day is a pleasure.

This exceptional writing table by Charles Mellier is such an example.  Every element has been considered, every care taken, and no expense spared – this was the phenomenally exacting standard of the French maker who, based in London,  made a name for himself in the latter part of the 19th century.

A piece of antique furniture such as this, can be enjoyed more when one is acquainted with the maker’s history and his rise to prominence and influence. When it comes to owning a piece of history, the ability delve into this type of detail, and the history behind the maker, is a fabulous conversation starter. Read on to learn about his history.




 Who was Charles Mellier?




Who was Charles Mellier?

Born in Paris in 1827, he moved to England at the age of 32 where he was first established as an upholster at 2 Frith Street in London’s Soho, which was then owned by renowned Parisian cabinet maker George-Alphones Monbro.  Mellier eventually acquired the Monbro company, thereby securing his foothold as a purveyor of fine furniture.  He changed the name to his own, and so the great name Mellier was born…

Entrepreneurial by nature, Mellier expanded quickly and by 1881 he had a staff of 150.  From 1891-1902, the firm of Charles Mellier & Co, was listed as interior decorators, upholsterers, cabinet makers and dealers in the in the art world.  Mellier has several notable commissions, the most significant of the works included:

  • A set of chairs made by Mellier in the 1880’s for beautiful Halton House, the home of Alfred de Rothschild.
  • Interior decorations for the marriage ceremony of Leopold de Rothschild.
  • Farmleigh House dining room, home to the Guiness family at the time.
  • Collaborations with architect designers such as Romaine-Walker, with whom they re-fitted the Grosvenor Street residence of Henry Duveen (brother of art dealer Lord Duveen of Millbank).
  • Interiors of the first class for Trans-Atlantic ocean liner, R.M.S. Mauritania
  • Exhibition at the 1904 Louis World Fair, where the firm was awarded numerous medals…A Renaissance style cabinet and copy of the Riesener made Louis XVI commode. The event described the work as ‘French in character and comprised of some excellent reproductions of old Louis Seize cabinet-work with mountings in gilt bronze’.

With a vast body of work across all aspects of interior design and furniture, it is clear Mellier was driven by passion and ambition to execute his vision of beauty.  This is certainly evident when looking at this magnificent writing table.  The drawer, so often a simple box shaped structure, is so so much more on this table. The handle itself is a testament to the painstaking level of detail in producing a writing table of this quality.

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