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Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pop Up Davenport Desk c.1860

Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pop Up Davenport Desk c.1860 | Ref. no. 08936a | Regent Antiques
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  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pop Up Davenport Desk c.1860 | Ref. no. 08936a | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pop Up Davenport Desk c.1860 | Ref. no. 08936a | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pop Up Davenport Desk c.1860 | Ref. no. 08936a | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pop Up Davenport Desk c.1860 | Ref. no. 08936a | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pop Up Davenport Desk c.1860 | Ref. no. 08936a | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pop Up Davenport Desk c.1860 | Ref. no. 08936a | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pop Up Davenport Desk c.1860 | Ref. no. 08936a | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pop Up Davenport Desk c.1860 | Ref. no. 08936a | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pop Up Davenport Desk c.1860 | Ref. no. 08936a | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pop Up Davenport Desk c.1860 | Ref. no. 08936a | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pop Up Davenport Desk c.1860 | Ref. no. 08936a | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pop Up Davenport Desk c.1860 | Ref. no. 08936a | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pop Up Davenport Desk c.1860 | Ref. no. 08936a | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pop Up Davenport Desk c.1860 | Ref. no. 08936a | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pop Up Davenport Desk c.1860 | Ref. no. 08936a | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pop Up Davenport Desk c.1860 | Ref. no. 08936a | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pop Up Davenport Desk c.1860 | Ref. no. 08936a | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pop Up Davenport Desk c.1860 | Ref. no. 08936a | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pop Up Davenport Desk c.1860 | Ref. no. 08936a | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pop Up Davenport Desk c.1860 | Ref. no. 08936a | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pop Up Davenport Desk c.1860 | Ref. no. 08936a | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pop Up Davenport Desk c.1860 | Ref. no. 08936a | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pop Up Davenport Desk c.1860 | Ref. no. 08936a | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pop Up Davenport Desk c.1860 | Ref. no. 08936a | Regent Antiques
Ref: 08936a
Price: £2,850.00
This is a gorgeous antique piano fronted Davenport desk, circa 1860 in date.

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This is a gorgeous antique piano fronted Davenport desk, circa 1860 in date.

It is crafted from fabulous burr walnut and features a beautiful hinged gilt tooled green leather inset.

It has been wonderfully  made by a master craftsman, the quality of the work is breathtaking, and the burr walnut is of the highest quality. It is finished on all sides so that it can stand freely in the middle of a room, making it extremely versatile.

The Davenport has four drawers on one side, perfectly sized for all the stationary you could possibly need, on one side, and dummy drawers on the other, making it not just a symbol of refinement but a practical furnishing as well.

The main talking point when showing it to friends is the  secret compartment at the rear on top  for pens, letters, stamps, etc, which rises up by itself when a hidden catch is pressed.  It rises by an ingenious system of pulleys and a hidden weight.

It stands on its original bun feet fitted with recessed brass and porcelain castors.

It is an absolutely beautiful and perfectly formed piece of furniture which could be placed almost anywhere.
 

Condition:

In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned, polished and waxed, in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
 



Dimensions in cm:

Height 92 x Width 58 x Depth 57 - Closed

Dimensions in inches:

Height 3 feet, 0 inches x Width 1 foot, 11 inches x Depth 1 foot, 10 inches - Closed

Our reference: 08936a

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Davenport Desk - (sometimes originally known as a Devonport desk) is a small desk with an inclined lifting desktop attached with hinges to the back of the body.

Lifting the desktop accesses a large compartment with storage space for paper and other writing implements, and smaller spaces in the forms of small drawers and pigeonholes. The Davenport has drawers on one of its sides, which are sometimes concealed by a panel. This stack of side drawers holds up the back of the desk and most of its weight. The front of the desk stands on thick legs or pillars which are often highly carved, somewhat exaggerated, thick cabriole legs, but these are not essential. 19th century Davenport desks had a variety of different leg designs.

The desk shape is distinctive; its top part resembles an antique school desk while the bottom is like one half of the supports of a pedestal desk turned sideways. The addition of the two legs in front completes the odd effect.

This desk owes its name to a Captain Davenport who was the first to commission the design, from Gillow's of Lancaster, near the end of the 18th century. In a sense then it could also be considered a Campaign desk though there are no records indicating if Captain Davenport was in the British Army or the Royal Navy.

This desk form was popular during the 19th century. There have been numerous reproductions during the 20th century, and amateur cabinetmakers sometimes consider a Davenport to be an interesting project.


Burr Walnut refers to the swirling figure present in nearly all walnut when cut and polished, and especially in the wood taken from the base of the tree where it joins the roots. However the true burr is a rare growth on the tree where hundreds of tiny branches have started to grow. Burr walnut produces some of the most complex and beautiful figuring you can find.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 92 x Width 58 x Depth 57 - Closed

Dimensions in inches:

Height 3 feet, 0 inches x Width 1 foot, 11 inches x Depth 1 foot, 10 inches - Closed

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