David Linley’s $100,000 Monte Carlo Casino writing desk
After the Time Table and the Tini Time cocktail cabinet, British design company Linley is back to impress the serious collectors with an incredible architectural writing desk, which pays tribute to one of Monaco’s most notable landmarks – the Monte Carlo Casino. The famous casino was built by architect Charles Gariner, founded by Charles III of Monaco and opened in 1856. The incredibly detailed one-off writing desk by Viscount David Linley, the bespoke cabinetmaker who is a nephew of the Queen of England, features the building as its central gallery, with stylized archways on either side.
While the main body is done in American walnut with inlays of Santos rosewood and sycamore, the surface flaunts dark red leather. The marquetry detailing in various veneers shows the windows, columns, galleries and the balusters of the casino. There is a marquetry depiction of the Monegasque flag in red sycamore and holly underneath the domed lid of the architectural box. The rooftop has six handmade figurines in buffalo horn.
Priced at about $100,000, Linley’s architectural desk inspired by the Monte Carlo Casino is one true work of art worth a museum or a collector’s study room.