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Burr Walnut Pedestal Desk By Maple And Co

Status: This item has been sold
Sold by: Camden Antiques

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An excellent burr walnut pedestal desk in the early Georgian style by Maple and Co of London. Very well made in solid walnut with stunning burr walnut veneers. The front of the desk is of gently curving break-fronted form. The top is fitted with a sumptuous 3 piece green leather writing surface which is decorated with gilt tooling to the edges. There is a series of 9 drawers (one long central drawer, flanked by 2 pairs of graduated sets of 4 shorter drawers) all fitted with their original ornate brass handles. The drawers are lockable, key supplied. The whole desk stands on elegant squat cabriole legs with carved detailing to all four sides. Further carved decorations can be found to the top edges and corners. This desk is finished to the rear so it could be free-standing within a room if desired. We have had it sympathetically repolished to a very high standard. It is now offered for sale in excellent condition with a wonderful colour and patina.
Width 144ms
Depth 70cms
Height 77cms
Kneehole height 59cms
Maple & Co was established by John Maple, a shopkeeper from Horley, Surrey, who later opened a furniture shop in Tottenham Court Road. However it was his son, John Blundell Maple , who made Maples & Co a success. With exceptional business skills, John B. Maple took over the company while still a young man. By the 1880s they were the largest furniture store in the world, exported their fine furniture to every continent.
Maples manufactured their luxury furniture entirely in-house, at a huge modern complex. A timber importer and furniture exporter, they landed prestigious contracts furnishing fine houses, hotels, embassies and palaces in Europe; among them Tsar Nicholas’s Winter Palace and the Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna . With his own empire established, John Blundell Maple achieved further fame in politics and horseracing – some lines, such as the Atherstoke antique cabinet, having racing connections in the titles.
Never compromising on quality, Maples produced a huge catalogue of fine furniture, covering every avenue of interior design. A Maples & Co sale today would cover everything from Chippendale Revival antique dining chairs , to Aesthetic style carved oak dressers, to Art Nouveau tulip carved antique dining tables – all from the same catalogue.
The exclusivity and high quality of craftsmanship of Maples’ antique cabinets, dining suites and bedroom furniture made them highly popular with Britain’s social elite. Today, they appeal to anyone who appreciates fine craftsmanship.
Internal Ref: 771


This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 1920.


Height = 77 cm (30.3")
Width = 144 cm (56.7")
Depth = 70 cm (27.6")

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Camden Antiques
Units 20 & 19
The Vinery
West Sussex
BN18 9PY
United Kingdom

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