English William IV Mahogany Antique Writing Table or Desk c. 1830(152 views)
ENGLISH WILLIAM IV MAHOGANY LEATHER TOP WRITING DESK, Circa 1830 w/ Ebonized Highlights
Item # 509HTW18Z
A remarkably striking piece, this fine English William IV writing desk has survived in simply stunning condition. Entirely original with only the most minor of restorations to surfaces and structure, this particularly noteworthy in light of the fragile lyre-leg design. Only two blocks have been added inside of these legs for strength, the structure otherwise untouched. The top features a black gilt-tooled leather writing surface with only minor wear edged by mahogany with large turrets at each corner, these over barrel-spools of alternating mahogany and ebonized highlights. The conforming frame hosts two very deep drawers on one side and faux drawer facades on the other side, allowing the writing desk to be viewed from all angles with equal beauty and poise. The drawers are of the finest quality of craftsmanship, the precise and perfect dovetails and pins carved from thin mahogany planks, the dense pine drawer bottom only lightly chamfered on the edges and set into the sides. The very light elements of the drawer are strengthened by the quarter round molding applied on the right and left interior edges of the drawer, a practice typical through much of the 19th century in London. Both drawers and faux drawer fronts retain original and highly detailed stamped brass pulls. Lyre-form legs with three flutes of brass raise the desk carcass, these of perfect balance between the curve of the lyre and the sabre of the leg, all outward facing angles elegantly reeded. Ebony borders highlight the sides of the lyre and base with applied scroll rosettes on each terminal of the opposing S-scrolls that make up the lyre. An incredibly complicated turned stretcher locks both legs together, this with bold and tasteful ring turnings, the largest of which are ebonized for effect. This is a piece that was crafted with utmost attention to detail - the quality of structure is evident in the underside, where each corner is joined with dovetail and open tongue-in-groove joints and through tenoned vertical members. It is most effective and is clearly executed by an orderly and decisive hand. For the serious collector and connoisseur of fine English furnishings, this is a classical form that has clearly been cherished and cared for - it is a form that has remained incredibly tasteful for nearly two-hundred years, all that while remaining preserved in nearly total originality.
Measurements: 32 1/2" D x 50 1/8" W x 30 1/4" H; 23 7/8" H to underside of frame
Condition Report: Minor blemishes to later leather top including surface scratches, discoloration and minor abrasions. Old patching to turret tops. Wax filling in ebony border around faux drawers. Back edge of one drawer bottom replaced. Original under leg brackets with mostly replaced screws, a few original screws remaining. Most screws in structure are replaced. Added blocks inside lyre legs for strength. Old splice repair to one foot. No key. Remnants of very early finish preserved under wax with later refinishing; overall gorgeous color and patination. Overall excellent condition.
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