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Antique Rosewood and Marquetry Carlton House Desk c.1900

Antique Rosewood and Marquetry Carlton House Desk
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  • Antique Rosewood and Marquetry Carlton House Desk
  • Antique Rosewood and Marquetry Carlton House Desk
  • Antique Rosewood and Marquetry Carlton House Desk
  • Antique Rosewood and Marquetry Carlton House Desk
  • Antique Rosewood and Marquetry Carlton House Desk
  • Antique Rosewood and Marquetry Carlton House Desk
  • Antique Rosewood and Marquetry Carlton House Desk
  • Antique Rosewood and Marquetry Carlton House Desk
  • Antique Rosewood and Marquetry Carlton House Desk
  • Antique Rosewood and Marquetry Carlton House Desk
  • Antique Rosewood and Marquetry Carlton House Desk
  • Antique Rosewood and Marquetry Carlton House Desk
  • Antique Rosewood and Marquetry Carlton House Desk
  • Antique Rosewood and Marquetry Carlton House Desk
  • Antique Rosewood and Marquetry Carlton House Desk
  • Antique Rosewood and Marquetry Carlton House Desk
  • Antique Rosewood and Marquetry Carlton House Desk
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Price: £2,750.00
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This is a beautiful antique Edwardian rosewood and marquetry Carlton House desk in the manner of the renowned retailer and manufacturer Edwards & Roberts, circa 1900 in date.

The desk is inlaid with a fabulous satinwood  marquetry of ribbons, swags, bell flowers and swirls. 

The top is surmounted with a superstructure consisting of drawers and cupboards, over the original tan leather gold tooled writing surface,

It is fitted with a central frieze drawer and is raised on four elegant tapering legs that terminate in their original  brass square cup castors. 

The top has been lined with a fine quality tan leather inset with gilt-tooled decoration. One of the drawer fronts has the Edwards and Roberts impressed stamp.

With working lock and original key.

Condition:

In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.

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

Rosewood
is a rich warm reddish brown wood that has a distinct grain with dark brown and black outlining. One variety of Rosewood can vary significantly from another even though it is of the same species. These Rosewoods, native of India, South East Asia and Brazil, were dense and awkward to work with. It was renowned for quickly bluntening cutting tools and visibly darkening in colour when over prepared.

The Brazilian species of Rosewood was by far the most beautifully figured and therefore it became the most sought after and rare. This was the wood of choice for the great box makers, David and Thomas Edwards who used it to veneer some of their finest pieces.

 

Carlton House desk is a specific antique desk form within the more general bureau à gradin form. This specific form is supposed to have been designed in 1790s  for the Prince of Wales (who later became George IV) by George Hepplewhite. It is named after Carlton House, which was at the time the London residence of the Prince of Wales. This kind of desk is sometimes also known as a Carlton House writing table.

Drawings of this type of desk were presented by Hepplewhite in his famous design book the Cabinet Maker and Upholsterers Guide and by Thomas Sheraton in his own famous book of designs, The Cabinet Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing Book, thus ensuring its popularity.
 

 

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).

Satinwood

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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