In the manner of HOLLAND & SONS (worked 1803-1968)

Rosewood 'Carlton House Style' Writing Desk in the Manner of Holland & Sons

c. 1850 England

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£14,500 gbp
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Of a rectangular form, the superstructure is mounted with the original gilt brass pierced gallery above rosewood letter slots and rosewood and gilt metal meshed fronted pigeon holed compartments before a gilt-tooled black leather writing surface. The back of the desk with rosewood veneers is flanked either side with three graduated side drawers with two frieze and two short drawers to the front. The mahogany lined drawers retain the original fitted locks and are stamped "Nettlefolds & Sons" and the rosewood drawer fronts retain the original crisply cast gilt brass escutcheons and handles. The desk stands on solid rosewood tapered legs which sit on the original grand castors that are stamped "Copes, Patent".

The first published design of a desk of this type was one illustrated in A. Hepplewhite & Co. 'The Cabinet Maker's London Book of Prices', 2nd ed. 1793 pl 21. The best known form of 'Carlton House' desk is that usually executed in mahogany with a stepped superstructure of two or three tiers. This form of desk became associated with Carlton House, the residence of the Prince Regent, later King George IV.

Holland & Sons (worked 1803-1968)
Originally founded in 1803 as Taprell, Stephen & Holland, becoming Taprell Holland & Son between 1835-1840, Holland & Sons became one of the largest and most successful furniture making companies of the 19th Century. The firm worked extensively for the Royal Family, being granted the Royal Warrant early in the reign of Queen Victoria, hence taking a leading part in the decoration and furnishing of Osborne House, Sandringham, Balmoral, Windsor Castle and the apartments of the Prince and Princess of Wales at Marlborough House. They took part in all the important International Exhibitions including the Great Exhibition of 1851.

Holland and Sons also worked extensively for the British Government, for whom they executed over three hundred separate commissions, including the Palace of Westminster, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and oversaw the State funeral of the Duke of Wellington.
Height 100.00 cm (39.37 inches)
Width 77.00 cm (30.31 inches)
Depth 77.00 cm (30.31 inches)
External Width 147.00 cm (57.87 inches)
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