Antique Mahogany Partners Desk by M.Willson, London.
This is a rare and stunning antique partners desk made to the highest standards.
It has very pleasing proportions and beautifully figured timbers and has recently been restored and benefitted from french polishing.
A very handsome antique desk retains its original burgundy writing leather top with gilt and blind tooling.
This is very rare as most antique desks of this age have had a number of replacements over the years.
It is in in good condition but naturally has numerous scuff marks and stains accumulated over the years of use.
The leather writing surface is surrounded by a one inch band of mahogany with a thumb moulded edge.
The top is fitted with three drawers to each side of the width.
The pedestals are fitted with three drawers to the front and cupboards, with an adjustable shelf, to the reverse.
All drawers are constructed with hand cut dovetails, mahogany linings and brass locks.
The drawer fronts have ogee moulded edges circular brass escutcheons and turned mahogany wooden pull knobs.
As with most antique pedestal style desks it is made in three sections, a top and two pedestals for ease of installation.
The pedestals have hidden castors under the plinth bases for ease of movement.
This very fine quality antique William 1V partners desk has beautifully figured timbers
and is stamp marked on both middle drawers and on one cupboard door with 'M. Willson, 68 Great Queen Street'
Date: circa 1835
Width: 60 inches - 152cm
Depth: 39 inches - 98cm
Height: 31 inches - 78cm
Height to kneehole: 24.5 inches - 62 cm
Width of kneehole: 28.5 inches - 72cm
T and M. Willson
Thomas Willson is entered in directories as a furniture broker and appraiser of 68 Great Queen Street, between 1821 and 1829.
Mary Willson and son continued the business from 1830 - 1837 and after 1838 Matthew Willson ran a furniture warehouse,
furniture works and upholstery business at the same address.
The firm was established in 1818 and contrary to popular belief, they were cabinet makers as well as a furniture brokers:
'THOMAS WILLSON, Cabinet Maker, Upholsterer, & co. 68 GREAT QUEEN STREET, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London.
Every article of furniture for the Drawing, Dining, Bed Room and Library of first-class make. Established 1818.
This important fresh evidence suggests that the firm's name-stamped furniture
can be divided into second hand pieces, which were merely retailed and items made in their own workshop for sale.
There is no doubt that both of these desks were made in the same workshop in the same period.
From the 'Pictorial Dictionary of MARKED LONDON FURNITURE 1700 - 1840' By Christopher Gilbert.
Published by The Furniture History Society and W. S. Many & Son Ltd. 1996.