This gorgeous early Victorian antique Partners desk is crafted from beautiful pollard oak and dates from Circa 1850.
The rectangular top with rounded corners features a striking olive green inset leather writing surface that has beautiful hand tooled gilt decoration. It is raised on four turned legs that terminate in the original heavy brass and ceramic castors.
It is a Partners desk and as such has six drawers, three on each side. They are fitted with their oirignal knobs, are oak lined, have hand cut dovetails and are perfectly sized for all the stationary you could possibly need, making this desk not just a symbol of refinement but a practical furnishing as well.
It is finished on all sides so that it can stand freely in the middle of a room, making it extremely suitable for a large home.
In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned, polished, waxed and releathered in our workshops. Please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 78 x Width 153 x Depth 107
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 foot, 7 inches x Width 5 foot x Depth 3 foot, 6 inches
Pollarding is a pruning system in which the upper branches of a tree are removed, promoting a dense head of foliage and branches. It has been common in Europe since medieval times and is practised today in urban areas worldwide, primarily to maintain trees at a predetermined height. The bole of the tree, constantly cut back over a period of years, will eventually form a lump, or ‘burr’, which when sawn for veneer, gives a lovely grained, swirling figure.
The effect is similar to that of burr walnut with its distinctive speckled grain. Burrs, or ‘burls’, are growths which appear on the side of tree trunks, resulting from a tree undergoing some form of stress. They may be caused by an injury, virus or fungus.
During the 19th century great strides were made in the mechanisation of cabinet making. Marc Isambard Brunel [ Isambard Kingdom’s father] built the first steam driven saw mill, and invented a circular saw that could be used to cut veneers thinly and evenly for the first time. He also developed the first hydraulic veneer press. The figured wood cut from burrs and pollards is notoriously difficult to cut and lay: the wild grain which makes it so attractive results in a very delicate, brittle veneer. The new machines enabled the Victorian craftsmen to make the most of these beautiful timbers.
Our reference: A1864