Beautiful Satinwood & Mahogany Carlton House Desk
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This attractive Carlton House desk is a joy to behold, featuring very accomplished hand painted decoration which elevates it from being just furniture to something much more special.
As you can see from the photographs supplied, this beautiful Carlton House desk has been made from the very finest satinwood. It also features rosewood crossbanding and the superb decoration comprises hand painted leaves, floral scrolls, emblems and urns.
Satinwood, as the name would imply, is a hard and very durable wood that, when it has been polished, takes on a satin-like sheen. It was very popular for cabinet making and marquetry as was also widely used for making musical instruments.
Rosewood has a lovely warm reddish brown colour and it also has a very distinctive grain with dark brown and black outlining. It is notoriously difficult to work with as it is very hard and it is infamous for blunting the craftsmen’s tools. Rosewood veneer, especially Rosewoods from the Brazilian species is highly prized and was the wood of choice for the famous box makers David and Thomas Edwards.
A Carlton House desk type originates from within the bureau a gradin form. Originally designed in the 1790’s for the Prince of Wales who was later to become George IV by George Hepplewhite, it is named after Carlton House, the residence of the Prince of Wales at the time. This type of desk is also sometimes known as a Carlton House writing table. The desk is similar to a ‘normal’ desk, but the drawers form a ‘U’ shape around the desk user, instead of being flat in front as is more usual in a bureau a gradin. The other essential difference from the bureau a gradin is the Carlton House desk does not have pigeon holes.
The desk top has a range of small cupboards, drawers and other storage compartments. There are an additional three larger drawers at the front of the desk providing ample storage for writing materials, stationery and papers.
Wonderfully crafted and very ornate, this desk is sure to be the talking point of any interior.
This Carlton House Desk is in excellent condition, please see photographs to confirm this for yourself.
More Information and To View
You are very welcome to email us or call us using the contact details shown above with any questions you might have about this lovely Carlton house Desk. We would also be delighted to arrange a viewing of this desk at our North London warehouse, just email or call for an appointment quoting our reference as shown above so we know which desk you are referring to.
The showroom is open from 10am to 5pm every weekday and on occasional Saturdays - please call first before making a journey on a Saturday.
Shipping, Delivery and Return
This is a large Carlton House desk and it requires careful specialist packing and shipping. We can ship to any destination worldwide and will take care of the packing for you, but please do call or email for a quotation before purchasing the item so that we can fully discuss your requirements. We ship to any mainland UK address free of charge.
If you are not satisfied with the item we offer a 14-day money back guarantee in accordance with the Distance Selling Regulations. You will be responsible for the return shipping fees for this large desk, unless we have erroneously described the item in some material way and you do not receive what you were expecting. You must return the item in its original packaging and condition.
You are also responsible for any customs duties or local taxes that fall due outside the European Union.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 114 x Width 152 x Depth 76
Height 60 - Kneehole
Dimensions in inches:
Height 3 feet, 9 inches x Width 5 feet x Depth 2 feet, 6 inches
Height 2 feet - Kneehole
Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)
was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.
While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.
Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.
The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).
is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.
The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.
It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.
Our reference: 02227
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