Antique Victorian Burr Walnut & Inlaid Davenport Desk 19th C
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Here is an opportunity to acquire an antique Victorian Davenport desk, skilfully crafted from the most beautiful burr walnut with tastefully applied inlay work and dating from around 1870.
This antique Davenport desk has a hinged top which is surmounted with a pierced brass three quarter gallery which encloses a thoughtfully divided interior suitable for the storage of stationery items such as ink, pens, paper, envelopes and, of course your letters and other documents.
The writing fall is hinged and has the benefit of a gilt tooled green leather writing surface which encloses a delightful satin walnut interior complete with two small drawers providing further storage.
The front of this Davenport desk is supported by a nicely carved pair of solid walnut columns, one on either side as shown in the photographs. The Davenport desk is mounted onto its original brass and porcelain castors for ease of movement around the room.
To the side of the Davenport desk you will find four useful drawers on one side (the right hand side as you look at it), and it has dummy drawers on the other side so that the desk appears the same on both sides.
It is clear that this Antique Davenport desk has been wonderfully made by a master craftsman and we can confirm that the quality of the work is indeed of a very high standard, right down to the drawer linings and other small but important details. The burr walnut that has been used is of the highest quality and the desk is finished on all sides so that it can stand freely in the middle of a room, making it an extremely versatile item of Victorian furniture.
This antique Victorian Davenport Desk, despite being around 150 years old, is in excellent condition having been skilfully and beautifully restored in our workshops. Please take a few moments to see the photos provided for confirmation of the level of workmanship and the condition of the desk.
Antique Victorian Davenport Desk - Viewing and Further Information
This antique Victorian Davenport desk is on show for viewing every weekday between the hours of 10am and 5pm at our north London showroom. If you pay us a visit you may also view the many other items of Victorian furniture that we on show. Please contact us using the details above if you intend to travel to see a particular desk, chair or other 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 08525.
Our showroom also opens on some Saturdays but please contact us before making a journey on a saturday to confirm that we are open on your chosen day.
Antique Desks - Shipping, Delivery and Returns
This antique Victorian Davenport desk is a 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 Victorian Davenport desk we do offer a 14-day money back guarantee which is 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.
Please also be aware that 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 83 x Width 53 x Depth 52
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 feet, 9 inches x Width 1 foot, 9 inches x Depth 1 foot, 8 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: 08525
Please feel free to email or call us (+44 20 8809 9605) to arrange a viewing in our North London warehouse.