A VICTORIAN WALNUT PEDESTAL DESK BY THOMAS WILLSON A good quality mid 19th century figured walnut pedestal desk by Thomas Willson, having an inverted breakfront top with thumb moulded edge, retaining the original gilt tooled green leather insert above one large and two small drawers to the frieze at the front and reverse; the pedestals with moulded plinth, each with a further three graduated drawers to the front and a single door revealing compartments to the reverse. Note: One centre drawer stamped ‘T. Willson 68 Great Queen Street London’. This desk is fitted with a central locking mechanism operated with the middle drawer. Brass handles are of later date. English, circa 1850 Height: 2 ft 5 ¾ in; 76 cm Height of Kneehole: 1 ft 11 ½ in; 60 cm Width: 5 ft ¼ in; 153 cm Depth: 3 ft 5 ¾ in; 106 cm Literature: Geoffrey Beard, ‘Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1600-1840’, London, 1986, p.985.