FINE WILLIAM IV CIRCASSIAN WALNUT DAVENPORT WRITING DESK
England c. 1850, with satinwood lining; lock by Hart & Son, London
Item # 709SHE23A
A remarkably high quality work from the William IV period, this fine davenport desk is dressed in the most vivid circassian walnut veneers. The burls are incredibly intense, the curling and swirling grains having aged beautifully with a fine patina in the surface throughout. A thin pierced brass gallery surrounds the top over a slanted writing surface with its’ original gilt-tooled leather top, this lifting to reveal a tidy satinwood lined interior with four small drawers. The lock is signed by Hart & Son of London, reading “Hart & Son, London, Machine Made, Patent, Double Lever Lock”; it is original to the desk, but no longer includes the key.
One side of the desk is lined with four faux-drawer fronts, the other being matched with operating drawers with inordinately precise dovetails and orderly craftsmanship. Above these drawers, an inkwell drawer withdraws and swings toward the sitter, comfortably resting along the side of the desk until it is ready to be put away. For such a petite object, there is a very practical level of storage capability, providing the sitter all they might need to organize letters, file important papers and pay the bills without distracting from a clean and neat interior.
A most refined writing desk for the classical interior, it remains in exquisite original condition.
Measurements: 21” D x 21” W x 31 3/8” H
Light finish wear, a few scratches around the base, one ebonized knob missing from interior. Cracks in the veneers, more notable on the faux-drawer side. No key.