Antique Figured Walnut Writing Table Desk c.1900
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This is a very nice example of an antique writing table which has been superbly made from top quality figured walnut. It has been made, in the Victorian manner, and we have dated it to around 1900 which was almost at the end of Queen Victoria’s reign as she passed away in 1901.
We are delighted to offer this wonderful piece of furniture, which is in excellent condition, at a most reasonable price. It has been superbly crafted from a particularly beautiful batch of walnut with very distinctive figuring. When looking at this fine desk it is clear as to why walnut has been used as a premier wood for furniture making for centuries due to its durability and also its beauty. Figured Walnut and Burr Walnut (also known as Burl Walnut) are considered the most attractive types of walnut. Using walnut veneers takes a great deal of skill in order to join, match and blend them ensuring a balanced finish.
The desk also has the benefit of being fitted with a striking hand tooled and gilded brown leather writing surface on top.
Another particular feature of this lovely desk are the delightful hand carved barley twist legs which as an added bonus still stand on the original brass and porcelain castors to make moving the desk around an easy task.
The desk is also fitted with decorative brass handles which add a distinct element of style to this lovely piece.
For storage, the desk features three ample sized drawers which also go to make it practical for use as a desk as well as a table. For the ultimate in flexibility the Victorian writing table is finished on all sides so that it can be placed anywhere in a room and not necessarily against a wall, making it suitable for any location.
We can confirm that this antique walnut desk is in excellent condition but we suggest that you confirm this for yourself through the photos.
Viewing and Further Information
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You are also responsible for any customs duties or local taxes that fall due outside the European Union.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 74 x Width 105 x Depth 64
Height 63 x Width 90 - Kneehole Dimensions
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 feet, 5 inches x Width 3 feet, 5 inches x Depth 2 feet, 1 inch
Height 2 feet, 1 inch x Width 2 feet, 11 inches - Kneehole Dimensions
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: 03217
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