This is a beautiful antique mid Victorian inlaid burr walnut davenport writing table and music cabinet combined, Circa 1860 in date.
It has a brass three quarter galleried top, the hinged curved front cover opening to reveal a retractable writing surface fitted with the original gold tooled leather. The interior fitted with pigeon holes, a drawer and a well.
The lower section with twin columns flanking a central glazed door opening to a gilt tooled leather labelled sheet music division.
Complete with working locks and keys.
It is a beautiful piece which is ideal to use as a desk ot to store your sheet music, and also as a very decorative piece of furniture.
In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned and waxed in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 103 x Width 58 x Depth 46
Dimensions in inches:
Height 40.6 x Width 22.8 x Depth 18.1
The Walnut woods are probably the most recognisable and popular of all the exotic woods, having been used in furniture making for many centuries. Walnut veneer was highly priced and the cost would reflect the ‘fanciness’ of the veneer – the more decorative, then the more expensive and desirable.
Figured Walnut and Burr Walnut (often referred to as Burl Walnut) were considered as the most attractive varieties of Walnut. Burr Walnut veneer was taken from the specific part of the tree where ‘growths’ sprouting smaller branches and/ or roots would occur. As these ‘growth’ areas were limited in both occurrence and size, larger veneers were hard to source and often on bigger furniture (tables, desks, bureaus, cabinets etc), these veneers would have to be carefully joined by matching up the pieces or blending them together.
Our reference: A1483