A MAHOGANY LEATHER TOP PEDESTAL DESK IN GEORGE III TASTE
England, circa late 19th/early 20th century; original locks by John Shaw & Sons, Wolverhampton
Item # 712FNK14
A beautiful presentation with its old and deeply oxidized surface, the desk has lovely hue variation from vibrant red mahogany to dark browns and fading into nearly black in the deepest crevices and corners. It retains the original gilt-tooled green leather top, this wonderfully patinated with a delightful wear and discoloration throughout. The drawers show crisp hand dovetailing in the golden oak secondary woods, each drawer with a fine molded frame around a pair of bail pulls - these are period correct replacements of what would originally have been knobs. It rests over ogival bracket feet, the sides and back being left simple and unembellished by the typical faux-drawers or molding. This is a bold architectural strikepoint piece for the study, being as practical as it is attractive. Built to last the test of time with a nice worn surface patina throughout, it is a piece intended for use and regular enjoyment.
Measurements: 31” D x 31 1/2” H x 53” W
Original leather top with wear, stains and discolorations; early surface with wear and scuffing throughout. Brasses are early replacements, originally the desk would have had knobs. No key. Shrinkage cracks in planks on sides and back.