A William IV mahogany Draughtsman's Table
Lot 123
A William IV mahogany Draughtsman's Table
Sold for £4,560 (US$ 7,628) inc. premium
Lot Details
A William IV mahogany Draughtsman's Table
by Doveston, Bird & Hull
the rounded rectangular top with three later leather inserts, the central ratcheted writing slope flanked by sliding sides, one fitted with stationery compartments and two ink bottles above a freize drawer, one side with a panelled door enclosing a shelf, the other side with four short drawers, with fluted leaf carved turned and lobed supports and a concave plinth base, 108cm wide, 62cm deep, 77cm high.


  • George Doveston is listed in G. Beard & C. Gilbert Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, p.262 as at 106 King St, Manchester, 1832-40 and at 19 Oxford Street 1832-33, with works at Zara St, 1836-40. Doveston Bird and Hull, as the firm later became, were one of the few provincial firms to achieve national acclaim. In the 1860s they employed the designer Bruce Talbert, who established what was to become their house style and that which they adopted for the furnishing of Manchester Town Hall in 1876-7. After 1882 the firm traded as Doveston, Davey, Hull and Co. The firm's records are no longer extant.