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Antique Victorian mahogany Inlaid Partners Pedestal Desk C1870

Antique Victorian mahogany Inlaid Partners Pedestal Desk C1870 Sold

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We are pleased to be able to offer for sale this striking example of an antique Victorian Partners Pedestal Desk, which dates from around 1870.

This wonderful desk is crafted from a rich mahogany which has got a lovely deep patina, satinwood, boxwood and it also features ebony banding and attractive diamond inlays. Competitively priced at £6,500 it offers great value for an antique of this size and quality. Mahogany is considered one of the best and most durable woods for making furniture and has been used for centuries not only for furniture but also ship building, house building and is at the core of just about every 19th century jewellery box, vanity box and dressing case. The Victorian fashion was to dress the mahogany with decorative veneers, an example of which can be seen on this desk.

The desk has been manufactured in three sections: the top and two separate pedestals, making it easier to transport and install. Each side has three frieze drawers, a pedestal with three drawers and a pedestal with a cupboard.

The writing surface is the original inset gilt tooled leather which is a faded brown colour and which has been refurbished to the highest standards as can be seen from the photos supplied.

The desk is raised onto bracket feet and as an added bonus it also has the original locks complete with the lock makers stamp: ‘J.H. Boobyer & Sons, 14 Stanhope St. London’. The original key is also included. J.H. Boobyer & Sons exhibited their locks and hinges at the 1855 Paris Exhibition.


The desk is in excellent condition having been wonderfully restored in our workshops. Please check this for yourself by looking at the photos and don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions about this.

Will it Fit?

Please take note that this is a large piece of furniture, so be sure to ensure that it will fit in the space you intend for it. Here are the dimensions in centimeters and inches:


The desk measures as follows: Height 75 cm x Width 136 cm x Depth 106 cm or, if you prefer, in feet and inches: Height 2 ft, 5 in x Width 4 ft, 5 in x Depth 3 ft, 6 in.

Viewing and Further Information

We would be delighted to show you this piece at our North London warehouse, just email or call for an appointment to view on +44 20 8809 9605. We are also happy to answer any other questions you might have on the phone, so feel free to call and quote item reference number 08082 to make sure we refer to the right piece.

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Dimensions in cm:

Height 75 x Width 136 x Depth 106

Height 62 x Width 51 - Kneehole

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 5 inches x Width 4 feet, 5 inches x Depth 3 feet, 6 inches

Height 2 feet, 0 inches x Width 1 foot, 8 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: 08082