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Gillows-Style Rosewood Davenport

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Key Features

  • This extraordinary Davenport desk is exquisitely crafted of rosewood
  • The ingeniously designed desk contains hidden compartments and false front drawers
  • Its inventive form is based on those first made by the renowned Gillows of Lancaster
  • Regency versions such as this one are some of the most sought-after by collectors

Item Details

  • Width:
    20 Inches
  • Height:
    34 Inches
  • Depth:
    22 Inches
  • Period:
  • Origin:
Without question, there is more to this exceptional Davenport desk than meets the eye. Crafted of luxurious rosewood, this early 19th-century desk features four real and four dummy drawers, smaller drawers hidden underneath the leather-upholstered writing surface, and a sliding slanted top which was only found on very early versions of this design. Originating in the 1790s, davenports were first made by the renowned Gillows of Lancaster and London cabinetmakers at the request of a Captain Davenport. They were produced in all stylistic varieties of the period, but Regency versions such as this one are some of the most sought-after by collectors. This is a truly fascinating piece. Similar versions are featured in Victorian and Edwardian Furniture by John Andrews, and in The Antiques Directory of Furniture, edited by Judith and Martin Miller.

Circa 1825

Victorian and Edwardian Furniture, 1992, John AndrewsThe Antiques Directory of Furniture, 1985, Judith and Martin Miller, eds.

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