Speak with an expert today
+44 20 8809 9605

Antique Edwardian Sheraton Revival Inlaid Desk c.1890

Antique Edwardian Sheraton Revival Inlaid Desk
Click on image to zoom
  • Antique Edwardian Sheraton Revival Inlaid Desk
  • Antique Edwardian Sheraton Revival Inlaid Desk
  • Antique Edwardian Sheraton Revival Inlaid Desk
  • Antique Edwardian Sheraton Revival Inlaid Desk
  • Antique Edwardian Sheraton Revival Inlaid Desk
  • Antique Edwardian Sheraton Revival Inlaid Desk
  • Antique Edwardian Sheraton Revival Inlaid Desk
  • Antique Edwardian Sheraton Revival Inlaid Desk
  • Antique Edwardian Sheraton Revival Inlaid Desk
  • Antique Edwardian Sheraton Revival Inlaid Desk
  • Antique Edwardian Sheraton Revival Inlaid Desk
  • Antique Edwardian Sheraton Revival Inlaid Desk
  • Antique Edwardian Sheraton Revival Inlaid Desk
  • Antique Edwardian Sheraton Revival Inlaid Desk
  • Antique Edwardian Sheraton Revival Inlaid Desk
  • Antique Edwardian Sheraton Revival Inlaid Desk
  • Antique Edwardian Sheraton Revival Inlaid Desk
  • Antique Edwardian Sheraton Revival Inlaid Desk
  • Antique Edwardian Sheraton Revival Inlaid Desk
  • Antique Edwardian Sheraton Revival Inlaid Desk
  • Antique Edwardian Sheraton Revival Inlaid Desk
  • Antique Edwardian Sheraton Revival Inlaid Desk
  • Antique Edwardian Sheraton Revival Inlaid Desk
  • Antique Edwardian Sheraton Revival Inlaid Desk
  • Antique Edwardian Sheraton Revival Inlaid Desk
  • Antique Edwardian Sheraton Revival Inlaid Desk
Ref:06664
Price: £2,900.00
Question about item

For weekly notifications of new arrivals in your categories of interest please click HERE.

Our London showrooms Open Mon to Fri 10am - 5pm Open Sat 3rd March 10am - 4pm
This is a stunning antique Edwardian pedestal desk, circa 1890 in date.

It has a tan leather writing surface with  hand tooled gold leaf decoration. It is made of solid mahogany and crossbanded with  boxwood and ebony line inlay. It has seven drawers, one central drawer and three drawers to each pedestal, the drawer linings are solid mahogany with hand cut dovetails.

It stands on its original brass cap castors and has its original circular brass handles handles and  Cope & Collinson locks.

It has been masterfully inlaid with a floral marquetry of garlands, shells and urns, by a master craftsman and it is a delight to behold.

Instill the elegance of a bygone era to a special place in your home with this fabulous antique  desk.


Condition:

In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation. 

Dimensions in cm:

Height 77 x Width 122 x Depth 63

Height 61 x Width 48 - Kneehole Dimensions

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 6 inches x Width 4 feet, 0 inches x Depth 2 feet, 1 inch

Height 2 feet, 0 inches x Width 1 foot, 7 inches - Kneehole Dimensions

Marquetry
is decorative artistry where pieces of material (such as wood, mother of pearl, pewter, brass silver or shell) of different colours are inserted into surface wood veneer to form intricate patterns such as scrolls or flowers.

The technique of veneered marquetry had its inspiration in 16th century Florence. Marquetry elaborated upon Florentine techniques of inlaying solid marble slabs with designs formed of fitted marbles, jaspers and semi-precious stones. This work, called opere di commessi, has medieval parallels in Central Italian "Cosmati"-work of inlaid marble floors, altars and columns. The technique is known in English as pietra dura, for the "hardstones" used: onyx, jasper, cornelian, lapis lazuli and colored marbles. In Florence, the Chapel of the Medici at San Lorenzo is completely covered in a colored marble facing using this demanding jig-sawn technique.

Techniques of wood marquetry were developed in Antwerp and other Flemish centers of luxury cabinet-making during the early 16th century. The craft was imported full-blown to France after the mid-seventeenth century, to create furniture of unprecedented luxury being made at the royal manufactory of the Gobelins, charged with providing furnishings to decorate Versailles and the other royal residences of Louis XIV. Early masters of French marquetry were the Fleming Pierre Golle and his son-in-law, André-Charles Boulle, who founded a dynasty of royal and Parisian cabinet-makers (ébénistes) and gave his name to a technique of marquetry employing  brass with pewter in arabesque or intricately foliate designs.

Mahogany 
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.
  

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).

Satinwood

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: 06664

Please feel free to email or call us (+44 20 8809 9605) to arrange a viewing in our North London warehouse.

Shipping:

We ship worldwide and deliver to Mainland UK addresses free of charge.

A shipping cost to all other destinations must be requested prior to purchase.

To request a shipping quote for the items in your cart, please click HERE.

Delivery and return policy:

We require that someone be home on the agreed delivery day if applicable, otherwise a redelivery fee will apply.

In accordance with Distance Selling Regulations, we offer a 14-day money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with the item.

The item must be returned in its original packaging and condition.

Unless the item is not as described in a material way, the buyer is responsible for return shipping expenses.

Buyers are fully responsible for any customs duties or local taxes that may be incurred on items sent outside of the European Union.