Attractive Grain in the Burr Walnut. Highlighted with CrossBand in Ebony and Boxwood Stringing.
Inlaid Lift Top with Fitted Interior. Inlaid Slant top with Embossed Leather. Fitted Interior with Single Drawer and Birds Eye Maple Veneers. The Right hand side has Four Dovetailed Drawers with Original Knobs.Left Side has Four False Drawers with Original Knobs. Inlaid Oval Raised Panel in Front.
Shaped Brackets to the Front. Ending upon Original Castors Beneath Turned Wood Cups. Named after Captain Davenport who designed the desk at the end of the 18th Century.
21"w x 21"d x 33h. A Davenport desk, (sometimes originally known as a Devonport desk) is a small desk with an inclined lifting desktop attached with hinges to the back of the body.
Lifting the desktop accesses a large compartment with storage space for paper and other writing implements, and smaller spaces in the forms of small drawers and pigeonholes. The Davenport has drawers on one of its sides, which are sometimes concealed by a panel. This stack of side drawers holds up the back of the desk and most of its weight. The front of the desk stands on thick legs or pillars which are often highly carved, somewhat exaggerated, thick cabriole legs, but these are not essential.
19th century Davenport desks had a variety of different leg designs. The desk shape is distinctive; its top part resembles an antique school desk while the bottom is like one half of the supports of a pedestal desk turned sideways. The addition of the two legs in front completes the odd effect. Origin of the Davenport Desk.
This desk owes its name to a Captain Davenport who was the first to commission the design, from Gillows of Lancaster, near the end of the 18th century. In sense then it could also be considered a Campaign desk though there are no records indicating if Captain Davenport was in the British Army or the Royal Navy. This desk form was popular during the 19th century.
There have been numerous reproductions during the 20th century, and amateur cabinetmakers sometimes consider a Davenport to be an interesting project. The Davenport desk should not be confused with the Davenport sofa, which is usually a modern combination sofa and bed or an antique form of upholstered sofa based on a design conceived at the beginning of the 20th century by a Boston, Massachusetts, company called A. The item "Antique Desk Writing Table Davenport Desk Victorian Desk 1860 Desk B836" is in sale since Friday, November 24, 2017. This item is in the category "Antiques\Furniture\Desks & Secretaries\1800-1899". The seller is "heatherbraeantiques" and is located in New Westminster, British Columbia.This item can be shipped worldwide.