Antique Rosewood and Marquetry Carlton House Desk c.1900
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We are delighted to be able to offer for sale this magnificent antique Carlton House desk which dates from around 1900 bearing the makers stamp of Edwards & Roberts.
This antique Carlton House desk is fashioned from rosewood and features a fabulous inlaid satinwood marquetry of ribbons, swags, bell flowers and swirls. In keeping with the traditional Carlton House desk design, the top is surmounted with drawers and cupboards over the original gold tooled tan leather writing surface.
There is a wonderfully decorative back plate between the drawer stacks of this antique Carlton House desk with marquetry showing two dragons in amongst bell flowers and other foliage. This plate also has carved reliefs and small turned balustrades and is topped with a carved finial.
This wonderful antique Carlton House desk is fitted with a central frieze drawer and is raised on four elegant tapering legs that terminate in the original brass square cup castors. The piece is not finished at the back, so works best placed against a wall.
Edwards & Roberts, the makers of this lovely antique Carlton House desk, were considered some of the best furniture and cabinet makers of the second half of the nineteenth century. Founded in 1845, they were based in Wardour Street in London they became one of the leading London cabinet makers. They specialised in producing high quality furniture as well as good quality copies of 18th and 19th century English and French pieces. Their work often featured marquetry and they favoured Georgian designs. They were also known for restoring and adapting older antiques to suit more modern needs.
This antique Carlton House desk displays superb design and craftsmanship and is sure to make a bold statement wherever you choose to place it in your home or office.
This antique Carlton House desk is in a great condition as can be seen in the photos we have supplied in our picture set. Please take a couple of moments to look at them to see this for yourself.
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Dimensions in cm:
Height 105 x Width 106 x Depth 60
Dimensions in inches:
Height 3 feet, 5 inches x Width 3 feet, 6 inches x Depth 2 feet
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: 08630
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