‘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
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 and Thomas Sheraton's The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing Book. 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.
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.
 Roberts, H., `The First Carlton House Table?', Furniture History Journal, 1995, pp. 124-128.
 Hepplewhite, G., The Cabinet-Maker's London Book of Prices, 2nd ed., 1793, pl. 21.
 Sheraton, T., The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing Book, 1793, pl. 60.
 Agius, P., Ackermann’s Regency Furniture & Interiors, Holland, 1984, p. 81, pl. 63.
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