A Regency Period Mahogany Davenport Desk
A Regency Period Mahogany Davenport Desk
A Regency Period Mahogany Davenport Desk
A Regency Period Mahogany Davenport Desk
A Regency Period Mahogany Davenport Desk
A Regency Period Mahogany Davenport Desk

A Regency Period Mahogany Davenport Desk

c. 1810 England

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£3,850 gbp
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A good Regency period mahogany Davenport desk of sophisticated form, the beautifully figured timbers with ebony line inlay incorporating a slide
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A Davenport , (sometimes originally known as a Devonport desk) is a small desk with an inclined lifting desktop attached with hinges to the back of the body. Lifting the desktop accesses a large compartment with storage space for paper and other writing implements, and smaller spaces in the forms of small drawers and pigeonholes. The Davenport has drawers on one of its sides, which are sometimes concealed by a panel. This stack of side drawers holds up the back of the desk and most of its weight. The front of the desk stands on thick legs or pillars which are often highly carved, somewhat exaggerated, thick cabriole legs, but these are not essential. 19th century Davenport desks had a variety of different leg designs.
The desk shape is distinctive; its top part resembles an antique school desk while the bottom is like one half of the supports of a pedestal desk turned sideways. The addition of the two legs in front completes the odd effect.
This desk owes its name to a Captain Davenport who was the first to commission the design, from Gillow's of Lancaster, near the end of the 18th century. In a sense then it could also be considered a Campaign desk though there are no records indicating if Captain Davenport was in the British Army or the Royal Navy.
Dimensions
Height 31.50 inch (80.01 cm)
Width 18.00 inch (45.72 cm)
Depth 14.00 inch (35.56 cm)
Stock Code
858
Windsor House Antiques Ltd

Windsor House Antiques Ltd
Barnwell Manor
Barnwell
Peterborough
Cambridgeshire
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