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Antique 5 x 3 ft Victorian Mahogany Pedestal Desk c.1860

Antique Victorian Pedestal Desk | Antique Pedestal Desk | Ref. no. 08384 | Regent Antiques Sold

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Here we have a tidy, compact antique Victorian pedestal desk, in top quality mahogany, which we have dated to around 1860 and which is offered for sale in excellent condition.

The desk has been made using carefully selected flame mahogany, the most popular wood for furniture manki for many years, as an inspection of the photographs we have supplied will no doubt confirm. The desk top writing surface has been skilfully inset with a sumptuous rectangular green leather insert which has been gold tooled and also features an attractive ogee moulded edge which has elegantly rounded corners.

To provide storage there are three good sized drawers located in the frieze in addition to three short graduated drawers located in each of the pedestals.

This Victorian pedestal desk still has its original handles and locks and it stands on sturdy brass castors for ease of movement around the room as required.

This antique pedestal desk is supplied complete with working locks and key for secure storage of your stationery, correspondence and private papers. To the rear, this desk is fully finished and therefore does not need to be placed against a wall.

What Condition is this Antique Pedestal Desk in?

This Victorian desk has been carefully and sympathetically restored in our own workshops, by our own craftsmen and is therefore offered for sale in truly excellent condition. We urge you to take a very close look at the photographs supplied in order to satisfy yourself as to the condition. Better still, why not pay a visit to our London showroom and see this Victorian pedestal desk for yourself.

Every Antique Desk Deserves a Comfortable Chair

May we remind you to also take a look at our range of desk chairs which are suitable for use with this lovely Victorian Desk - here is the link.

Antique Pedestal Desk - Viewing and Further Information

This antique Victorian pedestal desk is available for viewing every weekday between the hours of 10am and 5pm at our north London showroom where you may also view the many other items on show. Please contact us using the details above if you intend to travel to see a particular item of furniture in order to make sure that it is still available. If you can't make the trip please feel free to call us or email us using the contact details above and mention the item reference which is shown on the top left.

Our showroom also opens on some Saturdays but please contact us before making a journey on a saturday to confirm that we are open.

Antique Desks - Shipping, Delivery and Returns

This Victorian pedestal desk is a very special piece of antique furniture and as such 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 are pleased to be able to ship to any mainland UK address free of charge.

If you are not satisfied with this lovely Victorian desk 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 antique 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 if you wish to have this antique Victorian desk or any other item shipped outside the European Union.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 77 x Width 153 x Depth 90

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 6 inches x Width 5 feet, 0 inches x Depth 2 feet, 11 inches

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: 08384