Antique Burr Walnut Carlton House Desk
Large antique burr walnut Carlton House desk of exceptional quality, with fabulous details & full of character. I don’t think I’ve come across a burr walnut one before & this one has many fine satinwood inlays.
It has the typical Carlton House top section, with a gilt brass gallery, a curved ended section which has lift up end compartments, curved cupboards, banks of small drawers & a cupboard in the middle. There is an original tooled leather writing surface in the middle, which does have old marks on it, but is in keeping with the general look.
There are three drawers along the middle, with locks & original brass handles. All the drawers, top & bottom have burr walnut fronts with herringbone satinwood inlaid edges. They all have very fine dovetails & solid mahogany drawer bottoms.
The burr walnut veneers are beautifully patterned all over & there are satinwood shell inlaid motifs in many places.
This desk sits on strong tapered legs with brass capped casters. The back & sides are figured walnut.
I would date this desk to around the 1910-20’s period & I think it must have been a commissioned piece for someone important. The attention to detail & the quality is amazing.
Please enlarge all the images to see all the fine details & the wonderful original colour.
Width – 62 inches, 157 cm
Depth – 31 inches, 79 cm
Height – 41 inches, 104 cm
Knee height – 24 inches, 62 cm
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