Writing table

Ref: 1722
  • Detail

    Walnut, with lacquered metal mounts and brass castors; the leather top of later date

    78 x 123 x 60 (max.) cm

    English, circa 1850

  • Provenance

    […]; C. Fredericks, 8 March 1953 (£18); H. Blairman & Sons; George and Wendy Levy, and by descent; private collection 2015-present

  • Literature

    R.W. Symonds and B.B. Whineray, Victorian Furniture (1962), fig. 224

  • Collection

    Private collection

  • Note

    Kidney-shaped desks and writing table were popular forms during the third quarter of the nineteenth century and beyond, notably by the manufacturers Gillow.  The lightness of the present example contrasts with the desk supplied by Holland and Sons to the Thornton family (Symonds and Whineray, fig. 221).