This is a beautiful antique mahogany Chippendale design pedestal partners desk, circa 1920 in date.
The shaped top features a moulded edge and is inset with the original light tan tooled leather writing surface. The desk is a partners desk and this one is identical on each side. Each side features three drawers in the frieze, with a cupboard on the left, and a pedestal with a drawer above a double depth filing drawer on the right..
The drawers are all solid mahogany lined and two of the frieze drawers are fitted with useful inset leather slides.
It has blind fret carved canted corners, and is raised on superbly carved swept bracket feet, all in the Chippendale manner.
Complete with the original brass locks and keys.
Instill the elegance of a bygone era to a special place in your home with this fabulous antique partners pedestal desk.
In really excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned,polished and waxed in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 78 x Width 184 x Depth 122
Dimensions in inches:
Height 30.7 x Width 72.4 x Depth 48.0
is probably one of the largest ‘families’ of hardwood, having many different varieties within its own species.
Mahogany has been used for centuries in ship building, house building, furniture making etc and is the core structure of just about every 19th century vanity box, dressing case or jewellery box. It became more of a Victorian trend to dress Mahogany with these decorative veneers, such as Rosewood, Kingwood, Burr Walnut and Coromandel, so that the actual Mahogany was almost hidden from view.
Mahogany itself is a rich reddish brown wood that can range from being plain in appearance to something that is so vibrant, figured and almost three dimensional in effect.
Although Mahogany was most often used in its solid form, it also provided some beautifully figured varieties of veneer like ‘Flame’ Mahogany and ‘Fiddleback’ Mahogany (named after its preferred use in the manufacture of fine musical instruments).
Cuban Mahogany was so sought after, that by the late 1850′s, this particular variety became all but extinct.
Our reference: A1308