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Antique Inlaid Writing Table Desk With Brass Book Troughs 19th C

Antique writing desk | antique writing table | Ref. no. 08923 | Regent Antiques Sold

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Dating from around 1880, this exquisite antique writing table has been crafted from the finest mahogany and features the most fabulous inlaid marquetry decoration.

This lovely antique writing table is also fitted with the very rare and unusual accessory of a pair of brass book troughs which can each hold a dozen medium sized volumes. This antique writing desk has its original gold tooled dark tan leather inset writing surface. The workmanship of this fine antique writing table is second-to-none as can be seen from the fine marquetry decoration comprising garlands, bell flowers and shells.

This antique writing table also features five mahogany lined drawers that are capacious enough to hold any amount of writing paraphernalia with one having been segmented into four useful compartments, ideal for holding items such as pens and paper clips. It has all the original handles as well as working locks and keys.

There is also an additional pull out at the sides which also have gold tooled dark leather writing surfaces enabling this antique writing desk to be expanded, perhaps to enable co-working. In more modern times these pull outs might be useful for holding additional books or a laptop. It is raised on square tapering legs that terminate in ormolu sabots. These refined legs give this antique writing table an air of delicacy meaning that it can sit in most rooms without them feeling cluttered or overwhelmed with a large piece of furniture. It also means that it is easy to sit at with no obstructions or encumbrances.

This gorgeous antique writing desk has been finished on all sides meaning that it can be positioned anywhere in a room and look fabulous.

Mahogany has been used for centuries for fine furniture due to its durability. It was a Victorian trend to dress it with decorative veneers using woods such as Rosewood, Kingwood, Burr Walnut and Coromandel. This lovely antique writing desk shows off this trend perfectly.

This antique writing desk with brass book troughs is in an exceptional condition having been thoroughly cleaned and polished in our workshops. You will be able to see this in the pictures we have supplied. Kindly take a couple of minutes to have a look at them and satisfy yourself of the fine condition of this antique writing table.

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If you are not pleased with this antique writing desk, we provide a 14 day money-back guarantee in line with the Distance Selling Regulations. If you do want to return it, you will be needing to pay the return shipping charges, unless we sent you something materially different to what you were anticipating or have mis described it in some material way. You must return the item back in its' original condition and packaging.

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Dimensions in cm:

Height 76 x Width 130 x Depth 70

Height 100 - Height with Brass Brass Book Troughs

Dimensions in inches:

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

Height 3 feet, 3 inches - Height with Brass Brass Book Troughs

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: 08923