A large George IV mahogany partners' pedestal desk retailed by T. Willson
Lot 753
A large George IV mahogany partners' pedestal desk
retailed by T. Willson
Sold for £12,500 (US$ 21,184) inc. premium
Auction Details
A large George IV mahogany partners' pedestal desk retailed by T. Willson
Lot Details
A large George IV mahogany partners' pedestal desk
retailed by T. Willson
the rectangular cavetto moulded top inset with a leather writing surface incorporating a gilt tooled Greek key border, above one long and two short frieze drawers, with conforming opposing frieze drawers, above six graduating drawers flanking the kneehole, with two opposing panelled doors, on plinth bases, one central frieze drawer stamped: 'T. WILLSON, 68 GREAT QUEEN STREET, LONDON', 185.5cm wide x 122cm deep x 79.5cm high, (73in wide x 48in deep x 31in high)

Footnotes

  • Various references to both a Thomas Wilson and a Thomas Willson have recurred in London furniture directories throughout the first half of the 19th century. Although Thomas Wilson is documented as being an auctioneer based at 28 Little Queen Street, the stamp on the present lot, which reads: 'T. WILLSON, 68 GREAT QUEEN STREET, LONDON', clearly refers to the renowned furniture broker recorded as working from premises on 68 Great Queen Street.

    Examples of pieces bearing the latter's (Willson's) name and address, such as the above partners' desk, are numerous and appear to encompass the period 1799-1830, "The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, 1660-1840", ed. by G. Beard and C. Gilbert, 1986, p.985.
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