A Victorian burr walnut kidney shaped Pedestal Desk
Lot 124
A Victorian burr walnut kidney shaped Pedestal Desk
Sold for £54,000 (US$ 88,175) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Victorian burr walnut kidney shaped Pedestal Desk A Victorian burr walnut kidney shaped Pedestal Desk
A Victorian burr walnut kidney shaped Pedestal Desk
by Gillow and Co.
the shaped top inset with a later green and gilt tooled leather writing surface, above a frieze drawer flanked by five graduated drawers each side, with hinged upright locking mechanisms, the reverse with two adjustable shelves, on a moulded plinth base, stamped to the top drawer GILLOW&CO and GILLOW, the lock mechanism stamped J.T NEEDS, 128 PICCADILLY, LATE J.BRAMAH, 129 PICCADILLY

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE: Brian Johnston (1912-1994)

    Brian Johnston was one of the best-loved figures on radio and television and will always be remembered as 'the voice of cricket'. He joined the Outside Broadcasts Department of the BBC in 1946 and was a cricket commentator for the next 48 years, most notably as a member of the Test Match Special team. He commentated on state occasions, royal weddings and events such as the Boat Race and he also presented 733 episodes of Down Your Way. He was the author of sixteen books, which he wrote in longhand at this desk in the study at his home near Lord's cricket ground in St John's Wood, London. He died in January 1994.


    This model of kidney shaped desk is one of Gillow's best known models from the mid 19th century although desks of this pattern were produced by other firms such as Hindley and Holland & Sons. The design relates to an entry in the Gillow Estimate Sketch book (1840) for An Oak Pedestal and Kidney Table supplied to Ferguson & Co. The model is derived from a design published by Thomas Sheraton in his The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing Book, London 1802, pl.58, Gillow produced these desks for several decades in the middle of the 19th century.

    Other examples were sold Bonhams London, 24 January 2006, lot 262 and 25 November 2003, lot 177, Christie's London 13 November 1997, lot 174 and Sotheby's London 30 November 2001, lot 126
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