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A George III mahogany Carlton House desk, circa 1790, attributed to Gillows
the superstructure with a three quarter pierced brass gallery and fitted with brass letter slot above an arrangement of eight drawers and two cupboard doors, with a later gilt tooled green leather writing surface above three frieze drawers, the reverse inlaid with oval panels, on square tapering legs terminating on brass cappings and castors
101cm. high, 162.5cm. wide, 85cm. deep; 39¾in., 64in., 33½in.
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Property from the Estate of the Late Lady Joyce Heathcote Amory, sold Sotheby's London, Important English Furniture, 13th November 1998, lot 157;
Christie's, London, 22nd January 2009, lot 171.

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One of the earliest references to desks of this type is found in an entry from the Prince of Wales' accounts in the Royal Archives which reveals an insight into a table of this form supplied by John Kerr, a favoured cabinet-maker of the Prince Regent[1].

‘Feb 5 1790

To a Large Elegant Sattinwood Writing table containing 15 Drawers and two Cupboards Top covered with superfine Green Cloth to rise Occasionally the whole Varnish'd and Polish'd Compleat

£20’

The account verifies the existence of such a table in the late 18th century, supplied directly to the Prince for Carlton House prior to the general release of comparative designs such as those in George Hepplewhite's The Cabinet-Maker's London Book of Prices[2] and Thomas Sheraton's  The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing Book[3]. In 1814 Rudolph Ackermann included a French fashioned writing table with rounded cartonnier section in his Repository of Arts naming it a ‘Carlton House table' and thereby implying its origins[4].

The offered desk was formerly in the collection of Sir John and Lady Heathcoat Amory, Knightshayes Court, Tiverton, Devon, a masterpiece of High Victorian architecture designed by William Burges in 1869.

[1] Roberts, H., `The First Carlton House Table?', Furniture History Journal, 1995, pp. 124-128.

[2] Hepplewhite, G., The Cabinet-Maker's London Book of Prices, 2nd ed., 1793, pl. 21.

[3] Sheraton, T., The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing Book, 1793, pl. 60.

[4] Agius, P., Ackermann’s Regency Furniture & Interiors, Holland, 1984, p. 81, pl. 63.

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