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It has a central hinged top inset sage green and gold tooled leather writing surface above a pair of pedestals fitted with Wooton style swivel action doors containing pigeon holes, filing slats and drawers, one stamped "7449".
There is a hinged compartment behind the leather desk top for pens and ink and the desk is raised on an elegant plynth base.
This rare and unusual antique desk will soon become the centrepiece of your furniture collection. There is no mistaking the sophisticated quality and design of this desk and it is sure to receive the maximum amount of attention wherever it is placed in your home.
With working locks and keys.
In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 78 x Width 137 x Depth 69 - With the pedestals closed
Height 78 x Width 185 x Depth 69 - open
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 feet, 7 inches x Width 4 feet, 6 inches x Depth 2 feet, 3 inches - With the pedestals closed
Height 2 feet, 7 inches x Width 6 feet, 1 inch x Depth 2 feet, 3 inches - open
Wooton desks were probably not the costliest desks in series production, but they were possibly the ones with the most drawers, nooks and crannies imaginable. Only a few examples of the cupboard desk had more divisions, but they were of a very utilitarian different style, and were often produced by the very families or communities which used them, such as the Shakers.
Thomas Sheraton - 18th century furniture designer, once characterized mahogany as "best suited to furniture where strength is demanded as well as a wood that works up easily, has a beautiful figure and polishes so well that it is an ornament to any room in which it may be placed." Matching his words to his work, Sheraton designed much mahogany furniture. The qualities that impressed Sheraton are particularly evident in a distinctive pattern of wood called "flame mahogany."
The flame figure in the wood is revealed by slicing through the face of the branch at the point where it joins another element of the tree.
Our reference: 06843
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