Antique William IV Rosewood Writing Sofa Table c.1830
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This is a very nice, original, Antique Sofa Table or antique Writing Table, typical of the William IV period and dated by our experts to have been made around 1830.
This antique sofa table is one of the oldest pieces that we currently have listed and it has clearly been well looked after throughout its long and useful life. There are many features that the enthusiast will admire about this table, not least of which being the very impressive lions paw feet which were of course a very popular feature of furniture which was made during this period.
As you can see from the photographs provided, this Antique Writing Table boasts four of those lions paw feet, two to each of the sturdy tapering support pedestals.
This antique writing table is nicely crafted from good quality rosewood, a timber which was, and is, much favoured by furniture makers for its lovely warm colour and the attractive grain which has been fully exposed as a result of the restoration process that this fine old writing table has recently undergone.
The close up photograph shows the writing surface which has the kind of finish that is usually only found on furniture that has been around for more than a century, (almost two centuries in this case) and which, despite being well used, has also been well cared for by its owners.
This antique William IV sofa table has been made to a simple and very functional design that will meet the needs of anyone who requires a sturdy writing table that can be placed anywhere in a room and which provides not only a useful and comfortable writing surface but also offers some storage space as well. Here, that storage space is provided in the form of a pair of spacious drawers, which are clearly shown in the accompanying photographs.
We have restored this fine old William IV antique sofa table in our own workshops and present it for sale in excellent condition. Due to it’s all-round finish it can be used without the need to stand it against a wall so it is not only very useful but decorative as well.
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Dimensions in cm:
Height 71 x Width 121 x Depth 62
Height 59 x Width 87 - Kneehole Dimensions
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 feet, 4 inches x Width 4 feet x Depth 2 feet, 0 inches
Height 1 foot, 11 inches x Width 2 feet, 10 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: 06576