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Davenport Desk

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This Regency Davenport desk is as functional as it is beautiful

Key Features

  • An extraordinary Regency-period Davenport desk, exquisitely crafed of rosewood
  • This ingeniously designed desk contains hidden compartments and false front drawers
  • The desk's sliding slanted top was only found on very early versions of this design
  • Circa 1815
  • 36 3/4" wide x 20 1/2" deep x 31 5/8" high

Item Details

  • Width:
    36 3/4 Inches
  • Height:
    31 5/8 Inches
  • Depth:
    20 1/2 Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • 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 a sliding slanted top only found on very early versions of this design, and a number of drawers and compartments arranged in an ingenious fashion. Hidden underneath the leather-upholstered writing surface are three real and three false drawers. Removing the knob from the middle faux drawer releases an interior compartment for holding writing instruments, which hinges and folds to rest beside the writing surface. A side door unlocks to reveal four more compartmentalized drawers.

Originating in the 1790s, Davenport desks were first made by the renowned Gillow 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. Truly a 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 1815

36 3/4" wide x 20 1/2" deep x 31 5/8" high

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