English Regency Rosewood Brass Inlaid Writing Table c. 1815-25
ENGLISH REGENCY ROSEWOOD AND BRASS INLAID WRITING TABLE
Item # 803EAS14
Such an unsual and intricate little beauty, this gorgeous antique writing desk doubles as a small console or accent table when not servicing as a desk. The quality is top-grade throughout with incredibly precise handcut dovetailing in the mahogany lined drawer, this sliding easily in and out of the case. Vibrant and beautifully grained rosewood veneers dress all primary surfaces with contrasting satinwood stringer inlays and intricate brass inlays; these are particularly effective in the fleur-de-lis apron highlights and the incised brass tips of the leg supports. A turned medial stretcher locks the legs in place, these raised over cast brass sabots with three-toed claw form.
Most interesting though is the top, which is withdrawn by pulling on the turned bone handles to reveal a storage compartment beneath - convenient for storing writing supplies and materials - and can be completely pulled out and flipped to reveal a gilt-tooled maroon leather writing surface. The grooved sides of the writing surface then easily slide back into the table to be enjoyed as a desk.
This is one of the more interesting tables we have carried in some time, the craftsmanship and attention to detail being remarkable throughout. It is a very fine strikepoint piece for the living room or even the bedroom when situated beside a comfortable easy chair.
Measurements: 18 7/8” W x 17” D x 28 3/8” H
Veneer patches and restorations, some wax fillings to stringer inlays and smaller losses; a few remaining veneer losses, though not particularly noticable. A few pieces of raised-molding above feet are replaced. Brass tarnished. Replaced drawer pulls, no key.