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Vintage 6ft Flame Mahogany Lion's Head Partner's Desk 20th Century

Mahogany partners desk | Ref. no. 09091 Sold

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We are very pleased to be able to offer for sale this gorgeous flame mahogany partners desk dating from the latter part of the 20th century.

This magnificent lion’s head mahogany partners desk demonstrates the highest standards of the cabinet maker’s craft. It is finished all round so is free standing and can be placed in any part of the room. It has wonderful serpentine sides and the shaped top is lined with a classical green gold tooled leather insert writing surface.

Accomplished in the Georgian style, this flame mahogany partners desk has satinwood crossbanding with oak lined drawers and fabulous brass handles which all add to the elegant look of this fantastic desk.

The eight corners of the desk feature fabulously carved corbeils and lion’s heads, with the borders having rope edge carving. This lovely mahogany partners desk stands on elegant lion’s paw feet in keeping with the overall styling of this fabulous piece. All the carving has been accomplished in solid mahogany.

This mahogany partners desk is identical on both sides with the same number of drawers and is designed to be used by two people facing each other - hence the name ‘partners desk’. Each side has five drawers, and two double depth drawers which can be used as filing cabinets.

It is in excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned, polished, waxed and releathered in one of our workshops. Please take a few moments to look at the photographs to see this for yourself. You will also see that the carving on this fabulous mahogany partners desk is the work of a true master carver.

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Dimensions in cm:

Height 76 x Width 186 x Depth 105

Height 64 x Width 66 - Kneehole dimensions

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 6 inches x Width 6 feet, 1 inch x Depth 3 feet, 5 inches

Height 2 feet, 1 inch x Width 2 feet, 2 inches - Kneehole dimensions

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: 09091