Masterfully crafted with curved and carved surfaces showcasing beautifully figured and matched walnut burl, this exceptional kidney desk with attached davenport exudes understated rich elegance.
The top features three leather insets with blind and gold tooling, which have been left as found for the option of presenting an aged textural surface. (Please contact us for restoration with available period-appropriate leather fittings prior to shipping at additional cost, if this is your preference). These leather writing surfaces are surrounded by a band of beautifully figured burr walnut with a 'thumb' moulded edge.
The upper surface of the attached davenport is edged by a curved bronze gallery rail. It opens to reveal a satinwood interior, that contains two drawers with pull knobs as well as two slots for correspondence that are edged with fretwork detailing. The inner drawers have hand cut dovetail joints and the original key for the davenport is present.
The central panel in the front of the desk has been well carved in a scrolling leaf design between two curved drawers each with hand cut dovetail joints and pairs of turned walnuts pulls. The bowed sides and the back of the table are made from the same richly figured burr walnut. The table stands on well turned and carved end supports with cabriole legs, as well as a turned cross stretcher with a carved central element.
The desk is English, circa 1870, was likely produced by Edward and Roberts. The firm of Edwards and Roberts were founded in 1845 with premises at 21 Wardour Street London. During the 19th century they became one of the leading London cabinet makers producing high quality antique furniture, as well as good copies of the 18th and 19th century English and French furniture.
In very good antique condition, other than the worn leather insets and a small red stain (likely from sealing wax) in the davenport interior. Measures 47" wide, 20" deep, 33" high
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