REGENCY MAHOGANY, BRASS AND BURL WALNUT WRITING DESK
Probably English circa second quarter of the 19th Century
Item # 505HSG20
A simply gorgeous presentation piece, this delicate writing desk features fine and vibrant mahogany and mahogany veneers with well preserved mellowed color and patination throughout. Almost certainly a work of the Regency period, the desk probably originates from the second quarter of the 19th century and remains preserved in excellent condition. The upper section rests over four turned silvered columns with two small drawers with finely cut dovetailing and retaining their original brass knobs. The face of the lower section drops down in the same manner as the butler desks of the same period, this revealing a series of pigeon-hole letter slots and an early leather writing surface. The entire case is raised over vasiform legs and a stretched base. Turning the piece upside down reveals the exceptional attention to detail in the construction, the finely cut dovetailing locking together the undersides of both the lower and upper sections.
For anyone passionate about English furnishings, this is a precious acquisition with delicate lines and fine craftsmanship. It is petite and able to be incorporated into any number of design scenarios in the home, being of a classical and timeless form that remains stylish after nearly two hundred years of life. It is particularly enjoyable as a small and incredibly tasteful console for quickly paying bills and sending off letters. Entirely pure and in a very fine overall condition, this precious investment grade piece was crafted to last lifetimes and well cared for will continue to be cherished by future generations.
Measurements: 43 1/2" H x 18" W x 15 1/2" D
Some repairs and patches to veneers, chip loss to front right corner. Old cracks and joint separations to legs and writing surface as expected. Original hardware, some replaced screws. Loss to finish on right side of case, probably from a sticker. Sturdy and stable.