An American late 19th century mahogany and walnut 'Standard Grade' Wooton Patent Desk

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Lot 513
An American late 19th century mahogany and walnut 'Standard Grade' Wooton Patent Desk

Sold for £ 4,560 (US$ 6,368) inc. premium
An American late 19th century mahogany and walnut 'Standard Grade' Wooton Patent Desk
The top with a shaped three quarter gallery with a pierced scroll cresting surmounted by an urn, the top over a hinged frieze fitted with a filing compartment, over a pair of arched wing doors inset with walnut panels and scroll cast brass hinges, the doors sides with incised Aesthetic Movement scrolled mouldings, the left door fitted with a letter and box filing shelves, the right door with pigeon holes, the interior with a burr maple fall front incised with ebonised stylised designs, opening to reveal a leather topped writing surface, an arrangement of pigeonholes, compartments and drawers, above a bank of four drawers, flanked by further filing shelves, raised on carved feet with brass castors. 192cm high, 228cm wide (open) 116cm wide (closed), 120cm deep

Footnotes

  • William S. Wooton, an entrepreneur from Indiana (who later became a Protestant preacher) obtained patents for his desk design and established a company in 1870. Production continued till about 1884. The Wooton desk is their better known secretary desk. The Wooton desk was introduced at a time when office work was changing in a drastic fashion with an increase in paperwork that led to the introduction of filing cabinets, among other things. The Wooton secretary desks were designed to be used by just one person, offering a compartmentalised world of drawers and pigeonholes which were personal and lockable, glorifying the individual business owner.
An American late 19th century mahogany and walnut 'Standard Grade' Wooton Patent Desk
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