An exceptional George III golden faded rosewood adjustable reading, writing & drawing table of the finest quality
the design by Thomas Sheraton (1793)
attributed to George Simson of St Paul’s Churchyard, London
The solid mahogany table top veneered in rosewood with boxwood stringing and inset with original crimson Moroccan gilt-tooled leather surface, the removable solid rosewood bookstop (shown detached in the 1793 Sheraton drawing) line-inlaid with boxwood and featuring brass pins which slot into the inset table-top collars creating a reading/paper ledge upon the adjustable easel surface, the easel top rising on a superbly crafted adjustable mahogany ratchet. Beneath the rising easel surface, a solid mahogany and rosewood veneered pull-out writing slide, inset with original crimson Moroccan gilt-tooled leather surface
Three dummy drawers feature original twin brass pulls and boxwood diamond-shaped dummy keyhole escutcheons; the single functioning drawer with original brass key & working lock, the drawer-front veneered in thick finely figured and faded rosewood with boxwood stringing, the drawer interior crafted of solid Cuban mahogany with fitted compartment for quills, inks, writing implements & drawing paper.
The desk raised on elegant square section tapered legs delicately splayed outwards and outlined with boxwood, featuring pointed arch/ogee inlaid terminals and elegantly gaitered feet with boxwood dot inlays.
The faded rosewood showcasing glorious golden colour and patina throughout, the interior solid mahogany of the finest quality.
Materials: Rosewood solids & veneers, mahogany solids, drawers interiors & fittings in solid mahogany, boxwood inlays, oak & pine supports under the solid mahogany table top, two Morrocan gilt-tooled leather surfaces, brass pulls, brass lock & key
A George III golden rosewood adjustable drawing table designed by Sheraton c1795
Price upon request
BARASET HOUSE FINE ART
with Robert Dirstein Design Group (Toronto, Canada)
Designed by Thomas Sheraton in 1793 and executed in the finest quality timbers available, this multi-purpose reading & drawing table was crafted to be free-standing and seen in the round with all sides finished to reflect the details of the desk front.
Pointed ogee & dot inlay
The feature of pointed inlaid line arches surmounted by a dot on the upper portion of the tapering legs is a re-current feature on labelled pieces by George Simson including a labelled Pembroke table, sold Bonhams, London, 26 September 1991, lot 80.
A crossbanded cylinder desk sold at Bonhams features his signature pointed inlaid line arches surmounted by a dot, as well as the desks original pull out writing surface inset with a ratcheted red tooled leather panel. This signature decorative inlay also appears in numerous Bonheur-de-jour tables by Simson.
Note: The decorative feature of pointed inlaid line arches surmounted by a dot was also used by the Edinburgh firm of Young, Trotter & Hamilton (subscribed to Sheraton’s drawing book in 1793) and very occasionally features in some tables by Gillows of Lancaster & London (subscribed to Sheraton’s drawing book in 1793).