The influences on Regency design and taste were legion; from Sheraton’s neoclassicism, Henry Holland’s Anglo-French taste, the Greek revival of Thomas Hope as we see here, and the Chinoiserie favoured by the Prince Regent, to an interest in the Gothic, Old English and rustic. The Regency attitude to interior decoration often involved treating each room as a unit with individual furnishings and wall decorations in harmony of theme or colour scheme.
Thomas Hope was a Dutch-British designer who proved to be incredibly influential in the early 19th century. In fact, this was the person who first coined the phrase ”interior decoration”. Through his collecting, designing, and decorating, Thomas Hope not only brought the room together, but helped bring all of England together as well. Hope was born in Holland, the son of a very wealthy banking family. His father was a collector of ancient art, and he picked up the hobby. In the 1790s, Hope went on one of the grandest grand tours of all, traveling across the entirety of the Mediterranean and visiting sites in France, Italy, Greece, and Turkey. Along the way he observed, studied, and collected as much of the ancient world as he could.
The 1790s were a big period of transition for Hope, since the French had invaded Holland and he was forced to flee. He moved to London, and saw an opportunity to reform English tastes and, in his mind, purify them with his knowledge of Classical art.
A fiendishly original and rare desk for serious Regency aficionados.