A stunning quality Late Victorian mahogany inlaid desk by Edwards and Roberts of London. The upper section having a brass galleried back with bow front drawers to each side, united by a central shelf cross banded in satinwood and the drawer fronts with inlaid griffins. The solid mahogany top again cross banded in satinwood with an olive green leather inset with gilt and blind tooled detail. The lower section having an inverted breakfront centre with bow front ends. The drawers profusely inlaid with both floral marquetry harebells and griffins. The drawers are mahogany lined throughout and have turned brass drawer pulls, the whole raised on eight square tapering supports terminating in brass socket castor's. The ends and reverse have satinwood cross banding and are both beautifully polished so the desk can be free standing circa 1890
Edwards & Roberts was founded in 1845, and had premises at 21 Wardour Street London. By 1892 they occupied more than a dozen buildings in Wardour Street, where they continued to trade until the end of the century.
They became one of the leading London cabinet makers and retailers working in a variety of styles, both modern and revivalist. Their business also involved retailing, adapting and restoring the finest antique furniture and there are many examples of their earlier furniture with later embellishments bearing their stamp.
Edwards & Roberts specialized in Marquetry, inlay and Ormolu.
Condition: This desk is in beautifully restored condition, replacement leather insert
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