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Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk Maple & Co 19th C

antique Carlton House desk | Ref. no. 09062 Reserved

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This is a truly spectacular antique Carlton House desk dating from around 1880 and manufactured by the renowned Maple & Co. Fashioned in superb satinwood, it is crossbanded in tulipwood.

This gorgeous antique Carlton House desk is superbly finished all around and is bordered with boxwood and ebony lines. In the tradition of Carlton House desks, it features a curved superstructure which sits atop the writing surface. This has a simulated fluted gallery with an central enclosed cupboard with three smaller drawers on either side. There two further enclosed cupboards and two drawers with curved hinged flaps above.

There is also a pull out gold tooled black leather inset writing surface over a large central frieze drawer with scroll spandrels. This is flanked by two short drawers on either side. This wonderful antique Carlton House desk is raised on square tapering legs that terminate in spade feet with brass castors.

This antique Carlton House desk is fitted with the original brass locks, keys and brass drop handles. The locks bear the impressed stamp of the master locksmith Hobbs & Co. together with a brass Maple & Co, London, Paris, Buenos Aires label.

This is truly a fantastic eye catching desk that will impress and delight in equal measure. The finely tapered legs lend it a refinement that can be lacking in other types of desk and it provides an enormous amount of storage and space without taking up huge amounts of space in your office or study.

This antique Carlton House desk is in excellent condition having been fully and beautifully cleaned and waxed in one of our workshops. You can see what fantastic condition this fabulous antique desk is in by taking a few moments to view the photos in our gallery.

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Dimensions in cm:

Height 101 x Width 136 x Depth 68

Dimensions in inches:

Height 3 feet, 4 inches x Width 4 feet, 5 inches x Depth 2 feet, 3 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: 09062