A stunning quality Sheraton Revival Marquetry Inlaid Carlton House desk by Druce & Co. London. The upper section having a raised galleried top profusely inlaid with exotic inlays and penwork detail and an arrangement of mahogany lined drawers flanked by cupboards again with marquetry and pen-work inlaid detail. Each corner having an unusual curved "post box" and a concave shaped drawer. The serpentine shaped ends liftng to reveal beautifully fitted interiors for stationery, inkwells and pens etc. The lower section having a mahogany top cross banded in satinwood and with a rectangular green leather writing inset. The twin rectangular oak lined frieze drawers with traditional brass swan neck handles, again with marquetry and penwork inlaid detail. The sides and reverse of the desk are also in mahogany with classical marquetry and pen-work inlay. Raised on square tapering supports with spade feet and brass castors. Made by Druce & Co. London. This is a rare example of a Classical English Carlton House desk which was made to be freestanding in a library or drawing room. English circa 1900
Druce & Co were founded by Thomas Charles Druce around 1840, and traded from 68 Baker Street, Portman Square. The premises were also informally known as “the Baker Street Bazaar”, the site originally being the home of a horse bazaar which extended to carriages and other goods in the 1830s. Druce & Co. were both cabinet makers and retailers of second hand furniture; in the Marylebone Trade Directory of 1853 they are described as '' Furnishers, Upholsterers and Upholders for Clients of Discernment.’
Following the death of T. C. Druce in 1864 the business was taken over and run by his son Herbert until 1913.
Condition: This carlton house desk is in stunning condition, re-polished in our workshops. Replacement leather inset.
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