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One of the drawers bears a brass label for 'Druce & Co' Upholsterers & Cabinet Makers, Baker Street, Portman Square, London.
The beautiful hand dyed hide writing surface is faded green with gold tooled decoration. The brass handles are original, as are the locks, and the drawers are lined with solid mahogany. The drawers, doors, and sides are all decorated with beautiful crossbanding of satinwood with ebony line inlay, which makes this desk absolutely stunning.
One side of the desk has nine drawers, the other side has three drawers across the top with a cupboard below on either side. and a shelf in each cupboard.
Sunlight over the years has faded the mahogany to a beautiful golden brown which gives this desk it's character.
Instill the elegance of a bygone era to a special place in your home with this fabulous antique partners pedestal desk.
It is a very grand piece of furniture which has got a lot of history behind it.
Provenance: Newby Hall, Yorkshire.
In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 80 x Width 155 x Depth 105
Dimensions in inches:
Height 31.5 x Width 61.0 x Depth 41.3
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.
Druce & Co of 68 Baker Street, Portman Square, London, were established in the 1840's and were both cabinet makers and retailers of second-hand furniture. In the Marlebone Trade Directory of 1853, they described themselves as 'Furnishers,Upholsterers and Upholders for clients of discernment'.
Newby Hall is an eighteenth-century country house situated on the banks of the River Ure at Skelton-on-Ure, near Boroughbridge in North Yorkshire, England, and is a Grade I listed building.
The house contains a collection of furniture, painting and precious artefacts. The River Ure runs along the south side of the grounds, which have extensive herbaceous borders and woodland walks. The Georgian stable block, leased as offices, is also Grade I listed.
The present owners, the Compton family, descended from William Weddell, have restored the property.
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