Antique Edwardian Sheraton Revival Inlaid Desk c.1890
Antique Edwardian Sheraton Revival Inlaid Desk c.1890
Antique Edwardian Sheraton Revival Inlaid Desk c.1890
Antique Edwardian Sheraton Revival Inlaid Desk c.1890
Antique Edwardian Sheraton Revival Inlaid Desk c.1890
Antique Edwardian Sheraton Revival Inlaid Desk c.1890
Antique Edwardian Sheraton Revival Inlaid Desk c.1890
Antique Edwardian Sheraton Revival Inlaid Desk c.1890
Antique Edwardian Sheraton Revival Inlaid Desk c.1890

Antique Edwardian Sheraton Revival Inlaid Desk c.1890

c. 1890 England

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£2,900 gbp
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This is a stunning antique Edwardian pedestal desk, circa 1890 in date.

It has a tan leather writing surface with hand tooled gold leaf decoration. It is made of solid mahogany and crossbanded with boxwood and ebony line inlay. It has seven drawers, one central drawer and three drawers to each pedestal, the drawer linings are solid mahogany with hand cut dovetails.

It stands on its original brass cap castors and has its original circular brass handles handles and Cope & Collinson locks.

It has been masterfully inlaid with a floral marquetry of garlands, shells and urns, by a master craftsman and it is a delight to behold.

Instill the elegance of a bygone era to a special place in your home with this fabulous antique desk.


Condition:

In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 77 x Width 122 x Depth 63

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 6 inches x Width 4 feet, 0 inches x Depth 2 feet, 1 inch
Marquetry
is decorative artistry where pieces of material (such as wood, mother of pearl, pewter, brass silver or shell) of different colours are inserted into surface wood veneer to form intricate patterns such as scrolls or flowers.

The technique of veneered marquetry had its inspiration in 16th century Florence. Marquetry elaborated upon Florentine techniques of inlaying solid marble slabs with designs formed of fitted marbles, jaspers and semi-precious stones. This work, called opere di commessi, has medieval parallels in Central Italian "Cosmati"-work of inlaid marble floors, altars and columns. The technique is known in English as pietra dura, for the "hardstones" used: onyx, jasper, cornelian, lapis lazuli and colored marbles. In Florence, the Chapel of the Medici at San Lorenzo is completely covered in a colored marble facing using this demanding jig-sawn technique.

Techniques of wood marquetry were developed in Antwerp and other Flemish centers of luxury cabinet-making during the early 16th century. The craft was imported full-blown to France after the mid-seventeenth century, to create furniture of unprecedented luxury being made at the royal manufactory of the Gobelins, charged with providing furnishings to decorate Versailles and the other royal residences of Louis XIV. Early masters of French marquetry were the Fleming Pierre Golle and his son-in-law, André-Charles Boulle, who founded a dynasty of royal and Parisian cabinet-makers (ébénistes) and gave his name to a technique of marquetry employing brass with pewter in arabesque or intricately foliate designs.
Mahogany
is probably one of the largest ‘families’ of hardwood, having many different varieties within its own species.

Mahogany has been used for centuries in ship building, house building, furniture making etc and is the core structure of just about every 19th century vanity box, dressing case or jewellery box. It became more of a Victorian trend to dress Mahogany with these decorative veneers, such as Rosewood, Kingwood, Burr Walnut and Coromandel, so that the actual Mahogany was almost hidden from view.

Mahogany itself is a rich reddish brown wood that can range from being plain in appearance to something that is so vibrant, figured and almost three dimensional in effect.

Although Mahogany was most often used in its solid form, it also provided some beautifully figured varieties of veneer like ‘Flame’ Mahogany and ‘Fiddleback’ Mahogany (named after its preferred use in the manufacture of fine musical instruments).

Cuban Mahogany was so sought after, that by the late 1850′s, this particular variety became all but extinct.



Our reference: 06664
Stock Code
06664
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