Aesthetic Movement ebonised desk/davenport/cabinet, circa.1895.
An attractive antique Anglo-Japenese desk with decorative fretwork panels, the canted shaped outline to the sides and front drawer are reminiscent of the roofs on a Meiji shrine or a Machiya, (Japanese townhouse)!
Possibly made for Libertys or Heals. This is a very unusual and decorative piece of furniture, and could be used for a number of purposes. It features a leather writing surface area, which slides forward to provide a desk to sit at, this also reveals a secret storage compartment! As it conveniently slides back into place, it could also be used as a nightstand next to a bed, or side cabinet in a living room, with the top being flat it could have accessories such as a lamp or books etc placed on it. The raised gallery back also has a lidded compartment which has various sections to contain pencils and stationery. Under the desk top is a useful drawer, which is big enough to contain a small laptop or Ipad etc. Below this is a useful cabinet with a removable shelf enclosed by a bevelled (substantially thick), glass panelled door, it may be used for display purposes, or it's possible this had a gathered silk curtain behind it, as there looks to have been a curtain wire attached, which would look lovely with a decorative fabric once again, such as a piece of vintage silk sari. Alternatively, it could be painted inside to match your chosen decor.
Original brass handles, tapered legs with brass and clay castors.
In good useable condition for age, some wear to original ebonised finish, sides have slight shrinkage to bottom panels, very minor losses to fretwork panels, the original leather writing surface has scuffs and ring marks, but is useable. For more photos see photo gallery opposite.
Size: 61 cms wide x 50 cms deep, 76 cms height to writing desk top. Max height to gallery back top; 85 cms. Height under slide out desk top from floor: 68 cms, max depth (front to back), when desk top pulled out: 64 cms.
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