Lennox Cato

Mahogany Writing Desk - 18th Century


An interesting and highly collectible early English Georgian period mahogany Sheraton period free standing writing table or desk. This beautifully drawn elegant article has an inset leather lined top. The rectangular top with rounded projected corners, turned tapering fluted legs topped with ‘tassels’. Three mahogany lined frieze drawers with later brass handles.

The whole is very much in the influence of Gillows of Lancaster. Note two interesting features the vertical strips on the rounded corners, and small flush locking drawers in the frieze towards the back of the table.

Literature: 18th century English Furniture ‘The Norman Adams Collection'. Reference page number 146; you will also find an almost identical item of fine English furniture in the Grade 1 listed National Trust property; Uppark House, South Harting, Petersfield. Apparently this table was presumably acquired by Sir Harry Fetherstonhaugh (1754-1846).

It has been suggested that it could be the work of the firm of cabinet makers Gillows of Lancaster.

Origin: English, circa 1790
Condition: Excellent.

Dimensions: W140 H76.5 D93cm

Lennox Cato Antiques and Works of Art was established in 1978 and has matured over the years to become one of the countries most recognised and leading antiques establishments. Husband and wife team, Lennox and Susan Cato, pride themselves on the service and commitment they provide to their clients, many of whom return time and again. Lennox’s passion for 18th and 19th century English furniture lead him to become one of the furniture specialists on the famous BBC1 Antiques Roadshow.

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