Antique George III Mahogany Partners Pedestal Desk by Willson 19th C
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The rectangular top features an inset gilt tooled green leather writing surface above three frieze drawers on each side. Each pedestal has three graduated drawers on one side and a panelled cupboard door on the other. The desk is raised on plinths with inset castors.
The centre drawer is stamped "Willson, 68 Great Queen Street London"
The drawers are lined in solid oak and are fitted with working locks and keys.
Instil the elegance of a bygone era to a special place in your home with this fabulous antique partners pedestal desk.
In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned, polished and releathered in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 78 x Width 183 x Depth 120
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 feet, 7 inches x Width 6 feet, 0 inches x Depth 3 feet, 11 inches
19th Century Furniture Makers
Thomas Willson's name is entered in directories as a furniture broker and appraiser of 68 Great Queen Street, London, England, between 1821 and 1829.
Mary Willson and her son Matthew continued the business from 1830 - 1837.
In 1838 Matthew Willson started a separate business operating as a furniture warehouse, furniture works and upholstery business.
The firm was established in 1818 and contrary to popular belief, they were cabinet makers as well as a furniture brokers: 'Thomas Willson & Co. Cabinet Maker and Upholsterer, 68 Great Queen Street, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London.' Every article of furniture for the Drawing, Dining, Bed Room and Library of first-class make.
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: 09360
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