Antique Burr Walnut Pop Up Davenport Desk c.1860
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We are pleased to be able to offer for sale this very attractive example of an antique Davenport Desk. It is supplied with the original tooled, gilded, leather writing inset still intact and the desk stands on a pair of sturdy solid walnut cabriole legs which are hand carved.
Can You Keep a Secret?
The term "Pop-Up" used in the description refers to the desk's secret compartment, a very popular feature with Davenport desks, which pops up to be used when required. This secret compartment contains three useful drawers along with a variety of pigeon holes which can be used for storing your pens, letters, stamps, and other stationery items. The secret compartment rises up by itself when a hidden catch is pressed and is powered by means of a clever system of pulleys and a concealed weight.
There is no doubt that this piece of antique furniture has been made by a master craftsman. Burr Walnut is an expensive and difficult wood to work with and historically only the very best craftsmen were able to work with it. The work on this Davenport Desk is of the highest quality as is the quality of the Burr Walnut that has been used.
To further add to its usefulness, this Davenport desk has been finished on all sides so that it can stand freely in the middle of a room which means it is a very decorative and versatile item of furniture.
This Davenport desk is fitted with four drawers on one side with more than enough space for your stationery and everything else you may need. The other side is fitted with dummy drawers so that it does not have to be placed against a wall. This is a sturdy and well-built desk that stands on bun feet which are still fitted with the original recessed brass and porcelain castors.
This Antique Davenport Desk has been carefully and sympathetically restored in our own workshops by our own craftsmen and is offered for sale in excellent condition.
Viewing & Further Information
You can inspect this Davenport desk in detail if you can visit our north London showroom where you will also be able to view our extensive range of other desks, writing tables and desk chairs. Our antique furniture experts will be on hand to assist you with any questions that you may have.
The showroom is open to the public between the hours of 10am and 5pm every weekday and on occasional Saturdays - please call first to confirm before travelling on a Saturday.
Alternatively, if you cannot make the trip, just look closely at the supplied images and, should you need further information, please call our experts on the number shown above.
Shipping, Delivery and Return
This is a fine Davenport desk and it requires careful 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 Davenport 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 100 x Width 58 x Depth 60 - Closed
Height 70 x Width 46 - Kneehole
Dimensions in inches:
Height 3 feet, 3 inches x Width 1 foot, 11 inches x Depth 2 feet - Closed
Height 2 feet, 4 inches x Width 1 foot, 6 inches - 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: 06995
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