Antique Victorian Oak and Pollard Oak Writing Table Desk c.1850 19th Century

GBP 3,250.00

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Object Description

A gorgeous antique Victorian oak, Pollard Oak and satinwood crossbanded writing desk, circa 1850 in date.

The top with a gilt tooled black leather inset writing surface above an arrangement of five drawers fitted with the original and beautiful brass handles and escutcheons.

The desk is raised on elegant turned and fluted legs that terminate in brass castors.

Featuring Pollard Oak of wonderful colour and of the very highest quality this table is sure to get noticed wherever it is placed.

It is freestanding so that it can stand freely in the centre of a room.

Condition:
In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned polished and releathered in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:
Height 76 x Width 130 x Depth 61

Dimensions in inches:
Height 29.9 x Width 51.2 x Depth 24.0

Pollard Oak
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: A gorgeous antique Victorian oak, Pollard Oak and satinwood crossbanded writing desk, circa 1850 in date.

The top with a gilt tooled black leather inset writing surface above an arrangement of five drawers fitted with the original and beautiful brass handles and escutcheons.

The desk is raised on elegant turned and fluted legs that terminate in brass castors.

Featuring Pollard Oak of wonderful colour and of the very highest quality this table is sure to get noticed wherever it is placed.

It is freestanding so that it can stand freely in the centre of a room.

Condition:
In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned polished and releathered in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:
Height 76 x Width 130 x Depth 61

Dimensions in inches:
Height 29.9 x Width 51.2 x Depth 24.0

Pollard Oak
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: 09804

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