A George III mahogany, marquetry and crossbanded cylinder desk in the manner of George Simson
Lot 118
A George III mahogany, marquetry and crossbanded cylinder desk
in the manner of George Simson
Sold for £2,500 (US$ 3,155) inc. premium

Lot Details
A George III mahogany, marquetry and crossbanded cylinder desk
in the manner of George Simson
Inlaid with boxwood lines, the rectangular top above a tambour fall enclosing a fitted interior on six drawers, six pigeon holes and a pull out writing surface inset with a ratcheted red tooled leather panel above two short drawers, the sides with pull-out slides, on square section tapering legs all headed by marquetry paterae, with brass cappings and castors,, 242cm wide, 73cm deep, 94cm high (95.5in wide, 28.5in deep, 37in high).

Footnotes

  • The feature of pointed inlaid line arches surmounted by a dot is a re-current feature on labelled pieces by George Simson including a labelled Pembroke table, sold Bonhams, London, 26 September 1991, lot 80.

    George Simson is listed as working at 19 St Paul's Churchyard (1780-1839). In 1793 he subscribed to Sheraton's, Drawing Book and in 1803 was included in the list of master cabinet makers in the Cabinet Dictionary. Simson's workshop must have been of reasonable size and insurance records for 1792 show it was insured for £2,700 and by 1822 the valuation has tripled with the workshop consisting of seven properties adjoining 19 St.Paul's Churchyard. See G.Beard & C.Gilbert, Dictionary of English Cabinet Makers 1660-1840, p.422-431.
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