This is a gorgeous antique William IV mahogany partners library table, circa 1835 in date.
It is crafted from beautiful solid mahogany and features a striking faded green and goldtooled inset leather writing surface.
It is typical of the William IV period and is raised on four exquisite octagonal tapering legs that terminate in the fabulous original brass cap castors.
The desk has three drawers on each side, making it a Partners desk, and they are mahogany lined and perfectly sized for all the stationery you could need, making it not just a symbol of refinement but a practical furnishing as well.
Complete with working locks and keys.
Mawley Hall, Shropshire
In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned polished and releathered in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 79 x Width 181 x Depth 105
Dimensions in inches:
Height 31.1 x Width 71.3 x Depth 41.3
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: 09812