This is a fabulous antique William IV library table that bears the stamp of the renowned cabinet makers Johnstone and Jeanes, circa 1840 in date.
The desk is crafted from beautiful flame mahogany, features a striking gold tooled green leather writing surface and has beautiful hand carved decoration to the base and feet.
The desk has two spacious drawers on one side with dummy drawers on the other.
This writing table is a beautiful example of a free standing piece of furniture which is certain to make a statement wherever it is placed.
In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned polished and releathered in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 74 x Width 122 x Depth 64
Dimensions in inches:
Height 29.1 x Width 48.0 x Depth 25.2
Antique Furniture By the cabinet makers Johnstone and Jeanes will be of very high quality as they only used the finest quality timbers and were skilled craftsmen. They were based in 67 New Bond Street in London from 1842 until 1880 run by John Johnstone. Before becoming Johnstone & Jeanes, John Johnstone along Robert Jupe created the most amazing metamorphic table called the Jupe Table in the William IV period of 1835. It was a circular table that could have leaves added to make it larger in size. Johnstone and Jupe established their company, Johnstone, Jupe & Co at 67 New Bond Street specialising in these tables, but in the early Victorian era of 1840, they fell out so Robert Jupe moved his business to Welbeck Street. John Johnstone carried on making beautiful pieces of furniture in the same address for forty years and occasionally we do get some beautiful examples for sale.
Thomas Sheraton – 18th century furniture designer, once characterized mahogany as “best suited to furniture where strength is demanded as well as a wood that works up easily, has a beautiful figure and polishes so well that it is an ornament to any room in which it may be placed.” Matching his words to his work, Sheraton designed much mahogany furniture. The qualities that impressed Sheraton are particularly evident in a distinctive pattern of wood called “flame mahogany.”
The flame figure in the wood is revealed by slicing through the face of the branch at the point where it joins another element of the tree.
Our reference: 08864