19C British Rosewood Davenport Desk – Exceptional

19C British Rosewood Davenport Desk.

ABSOLUTELY STUNNING rosewood Davenport Desk circa 1860-65.

A Davenport is a type of writing desk name after its creator, Captain Davenport in the late 18th Century.

A Davenport desk, (sometimes originally known as a Devonport desk[1]) is a small desk with an inclined lifting desktop attached with hinges to the back of the body. Lifting the desktop accesses a large compartment with storage space for paper and other writing implements, and smaller spaces in the forms of small drawers and pigeonholes. The Davenport has drawers on one of its sides, which are sometimes concealed by a panel. This stack of side drawers holds up the back of the desk and most of its weight.

The front of the desk stands on thick legs or pillars which are often highly carved, somewhat exaggerated, thick cabriole legs, but these are not essential. 19th century Davenport desks had a variety of different leg designs.[2]

The desk shape is distinctive; its top part resembles an antique school desk while the bottom is like one half of the supports of a pedestal desk turned sideways. The addition of the two legs in front completes the odd effect.

This desk owes its name to a Captain Davenport who was the first to commission the design, from Gillows of Lancaster, near the end of the 18th century. In a sense then it could also be considered a Campaign desk though there are no records indicating if Captain Davenport was in the British Army or the Royal Navy.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davenport_desk

This desk form was popular during the 19th century. There have been numerous reproductions during the 20th century, and amateur cabinetmakers sometimes consider a Davenport to be an interesting project.

They were originally designed as Campaign pieces so that an Officer and a Gentleman could carry all his stationary with him in one piece and correspond with his loved ones whilst on campaign.

They became very popular in the 19th Century, and evolved from Campaign pieces to essential items for a house of quality and style.

Some, however, are more SPECIAL than others……this is one of the SPECIAL ones !!!!

The desk exudes quality…….it was made with the finest rosewood…..hence the gorgeous patina.

One side has false drawers and is serpentine in form and shape and the other side real drawers which are straight in shape and form,

The Lid is inlaid with green Moroccan leather with gilt edging.

The interior is made with burr yew wood.

The Front legs are scrolled and beautifully carved.

GORGEOUS rosewood with original patina on ALL sides and panels.

This one would have belonged to a wealthy member of British Society.

It is one of the nicest examples we have seen in a while !

19C British Rosewood Davenport Desk.

Provenance: Bought from a reputable dealer in Dublin, Ireland.

Dimensions: 34″ tall, 24″ wide and 22″ deep

Condition: Excellent….one crack on front panel under desk….but otherwise it is near Mint.

Price Now: $4,000.

Early 19C Rosewood Davenport

Early 19C Rosewood Davenport Side

Early 19C Rosewood Davenport Side 2

Early 19C Rosewood Davenport Rear

Early 19C Rosewood Davenport Interior

Early 19C Rosewood Davenport Front Carving

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