An extremely rare late 18th century Sheraton period satinwood Carlton House writing table of small proportions. The horseshoe shaped top with original gold lacquered brass gallery having six drawers enclosing a leather lined writing surface with original reeded gold lacquered brass edging all round, above two small drawers and one large drawer to the front, all ebony, rosewood and boxwood strung with replaced brass handles; on four turned, tapering legs with turned rosewood sleeves and original lacquered brass rings, terminating in rosewood toes and original brass castors.
Carlton House desks are very scarce, and this example, of very small proportions, is extremely rare. The quality of craftsmanship and design of this writing table is outstanding. The sleeves over the satinwood legs, for example, are made with great accuracy, having turned threads to receive gold lacquered brass ring decoration. This underlines the high quality and attention to detail on this piece, as in most cases the rings would just be fitted loosely and held in place by pins.
Literature: ‘The Antique Collector’, June 1951, a trade advertisement by Leonard Knight Limited, London; an almost identical example, probably from the same workshop.
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