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

Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk  Druce & Co 19th C | Ref. no. A2589 | Regent Antiques
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  • Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk  Druce & Co 19th C | Ref. no. A2589 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk  Druce & Co 19th C | Ref. no. A2589 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk  Druce & Co 19th C | Ref. no. A2589 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk  Druce & Co 19th C | Ref. no. A2589 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk  Druce & Co 19th C | Ref. no. A2589 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk  Druce & Co 19th C | Ref. no. A2589 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk  Druce & Co 19th C | Ref. no. A2589 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk  Druce & Co 19th C | Ref. no. A2589 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk  Druce & Co 19th C | Ref. no. A2589 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk  Druce & Co 19th C | Ref. no. A2589 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk  Druce & Co 19th C | Ref. no. A2589 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk  Druce & Co 19th C | Ref. no. A2589 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk  Druce & Co 19th C | Ref. no. A2589 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk  Druce & Co 19th C | Ref. no. A2589 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk  Druce & Co 19th C | Ref. no. A2589 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk  Druce & Co 19th C | Ref. no. A2589 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk  Druce & Co 19th C | Ref. no. A2589 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk  Druce & Co 19th C | Ref. no. A2589 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk  Druce & Co 19th C | Ref. no. A2589 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk  Druce & Co 19th C | Ref. no. A2589 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk  Druce & Co 19th C | Ref. no. A2589 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk  Druce & Co 19th C | Ref. no. A2589 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk  Druce & Co 19th C | Ref. no. A2589 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk  Druce & Co 19th C | Ref. no. A2589 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk  Druce & Co 19th C | Ref. no. A2589 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk  Druce & Co 19th C | Ref. no. A2589 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk  Druce & Co 19th C | Ref. no. A2589 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk  Druce & Co 19th C | Ref. no. A2589 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk  Druce & Co 19th C | Ref. no. A2589 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk  Druce & Co 19th C | Ref. no. A2589 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk  Druce & Co 19th C | Ref. no. A2589 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk  Druce & Co 19th C | Ref. no. A2589 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk  Druce & Co 19th C | Ref. no. A2589 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk  Druce & Co 19th C | Ref. no. A2589 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk  Druce & Co 19th C | Ref. no. A2589 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk  Druce & Co 19th C | Ref. no. A2589 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk  Druce & Co 19th C | Ref. no. A2589 | Regent Antiques
Ref: A2589
Price: £12,250.00
This is a beautiful antique late Victorian satinwood Carlton House Desk, by the renowned retailer and cabinet maker Druce &...

This is a beautiful antique late Victorian satinwood Carlton House Desk, by the renowned retailer and cabinet maker Druce & Co,  circa 1880 in date.

This beautiful desk is made from satinwood, which has been crossbanded in tulipwood bordered with boxwood and ebony lines and  and decorated to all sides and the top with an exquiste marquetry decoration of musical trophies, lyres and scrolling foliage.  It is superbly finished all round so it will look amazing in the centre of your study!!

The curved superstructure with a brass gallery, having a central enclosed cupboard, flanked to either side by three small drawers, a further enclosed cupboard and a small drawer with curved hinged flap, having a pull out gold  tooled  leather inset writing surface.  This provides ample storage for all of your personal and business papers.

It has a capacious central frieze drawer with scroll spandrels, flanked by two short drawers to either side. It is raised on square tapering legs that terminate in spade feet with brass castors.

It is fitted with the original brass locks, keys and brass drop handles. The locks bear the impressed stamp of the master locksmith Hobbs & Co. and it bears the
embossed metal trade label of Druce & Co, Upholsterers Cabinet Makers, Baker Street, Portland Square, London, W.


The craftsmanship that has gone into this desk is second to none, and it will soon become the centrepiece of your furniture collection.
 

Condition:

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


Dimensions in cm:

Height 100 x Width 136 x Depth 64

Dimensions in inches:

Height 3 foot, 3 inches x Width 4 foot, 5 inches x Depth 2 feet, 1 inch

Our reference: A2589

Please feel free to email or call us (+44 20 8809 9605) to arrange a viewing in our North London warehouse.

Druce & Co of 68 Baker Street, Portman Square, London, were established in the 1840's and were both cabinet makers and retailers of high quality furniture. In the Marlebone Trade Directory of 1853, they described themselves as 'Furnishers,Upholsterers and Upholders for clients of discernment'. 

Carlton House Desk 
is a specific antique desk form within the more general bureau à gradin form. This specific form is supposed to have been designed in 1790s  for the Prince of Wales (who later became George IV) by George Hepplewhite. It is named after Carlton House, which was at the time the London residence of the Prince of Wales. This kind of desk is sometimes also known as a Carlton House writing table.

Drawings of this type of desk were presented by Hepplewhite in his famous design book the Cabinet Maker and Upholsterers Guide and by Thomas Sheraton in his own famous book of designs, The Cabinet Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing Book, thus ensuring its popularity.


Satinwood 
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.

 

Alfred Charles Hobbs 
(1812 - 1891) born in America, when Alfred was only three years old his farther died leaving the family destitute. Beginning at the age of ten, A. C. Hobbs worked at a variety of jobs ranging from farm help to wood carving, carriage building, tinsmithing, and harness making. While an apprentice at the Sandwich Glass Company, he learned to make doorknobs and became interested in locks. For a while he was a partner in a small firm of Jones & Hobbs, lock makers. About 1840 he became a salesman for the Day & Newell Company - one of America's foremost lock makers. Here he earned a reputation as an expert lock picker. He found that the best way to sell his Companies locks was to pick the locks of his competitors. 

In 1851 he was sent to the Great Exhibition in London where he successfully picked the famous Chubb and Bramah locks. ( "Great Lock Controversy" .) 
Assisted by his newly won fame and publicity, he founded Hobbs & Co., London, in 1852

 

  

Dimensions in cm:

Height 100 x Width 136 x Depth 64

Dimensions in inches:

Height 3 foot, 3 inches x Width 4 foot, 5 inches x Depth 2 feet, 1 inch

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