An early 19th century partridgewood writng box with inlaid banding and decorated with a hand coloured engraving depicting a winged Victory ahead of a Classical laurelled hero riding in his chariot, having side carrying handles a drawer, inner velvet writing surface and places for writing materials and accessories.
I believe this was a top quality writing box of the day. A Desk Probably by Phyfe: We document a few in our book Antique Boxes Tea Caddies, and Society, which may be from the same workshop. Thus there came into existence portable desks patterned after the Bible boxes but much more elaborate in construction and diversified in designs, and, incidentally, more practical.
The front right corner trim is cracked and the trim protrudes a bit. Letters in longhand, written on handmade paper with quill pens, travelled back and forth across the continent, the British Isles, and to and from the American colonies in ever increasing numbers.
Account details Build furniture with ease with free desk plans. It was also designed to be easily taken apart and put back together. This design would be ideal for any college student. The bureau evolved in the late 17th C from portable boxes with sloping lids that were used as a writing surface.
It would have had everything a lady needed. Box is free of chipping, cracking or edge scuffing. The purpose of the London Book of Prices, it was stated, was to provide the cabinetmakers of the time with a list of standard designs and a standard list of prices.
It originally appeared in the May issue of American Collector magazine, a publication which ran from and served antique collectors and dealers.
From the end of the 18th, to the end of the 19th century, the writing box featured prominently on military expeditions, travels, libraries and in drawing rooms.
Many of these boxes were provided with slant top lids and some were even placed upon stands. The writing box was an item of style and fashion yes, but it was also an item connected with intelligence, commerce and world awareness.
Some idea of the cost of these desks, with or without the various accessories or ornamental features, may be gleaned from the following list, which was given in the appendix of the edition: A Desk Probably by Phyfe: To accommodate this great volume of writing it was necessary that new pieces of furniture come into existence or that old ones be adapted for the purpose.
Nevertheless, some of them served as complete writing desks, for the removal drawer was fitted with a writing board and thus could be held on the lap or placed on a stand at the convenience of the writer.
The writing surface is often inlaid with leather or felt. By using contrasting woods, an endless stripe is created, adding movement to this piece. Antique Bookcase Bureau An antique bookcase bureau is often made from walnut and mahogany; the bookcase is set above the bureau, often with glass panel doors across the bookcase element of the piece.
It often has a very decorative front and sides. We cannot be sure of the latter, however, since we have not seen a copy of the first edition. No tears or peeling. It shows four such desks, two oblong hinged boxes and two with sliding tambour fronts or tops that when opened gave access to time interior.
T are lots of little dings and wear but it all still looks very nice. Many of these boxes were provided with slant top lids and some were even placed upon stands.
The top opens to a sloping writing surface with replacement leather writing surface and a lift out pen tray. Many desk styles were produced in the 18th century.
Sussman have been worked into a novel Greek key design on the ends of the desk, which is built using cherry and walnut. RH's All Desks.
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