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Mid 19thc Tortoiseshell & Inlaid Brass Desk Stand In The Napoleon III Style.


£1,450 | $1,788 USD | €1,641 EUR
Item Number: SA825337
Date of manufacture: 19th Century
Current Status: For sale
Seller: LVS Decorative Arts
This antique has been viewed 23 times in the past month with the most views from Singapore.


A mid 19th century (circa 1860) tortoiseshell and inlaid brass desk stand or inkstand in the Napoleon III style.
This piece consists of a tortoiseshell desk stand with intricate foliate Boulle decoration of engraved brass inlaid into a red tortoiseshell ground, the decoration to the top, sides and back.
The two original heavy cut-glass inkwells with decorative brass tops stand either side of a central compartment with lid with an ornately decorated brass handle above with a pen tray to either side, making this ideal for use on a partner’s desk but equally a great addition to any desk or writing table.
This leads to a solid brass edge with a drawer below, also profusely inlaid with Boulle work, with decorative brass edge below, all supported on four brass ball feet.
We have found an interesting handwritten inscription to the underneath of the drawer stating the inkwell was 'purchased by Sir Eustace Gurney (1886-1927) of Sprowston Hall in 1916 at the Walsingham Abbey furniture sale in 1916 and given to his wife Anne Agatha Gurney' and that it always 'stood on the Drawing Room writing table in the big square drawing room'.
Sir Eustace Gurney was Mayor or Norwich, Norfolk and Sprowston & Little Walsingham, Norfolk, Sprowston Hall is now a popular hotel known as Sprowston Manor hotel, golf and country club.
This piece is in very good original condition for age, is of stable construction and can go straight into a home or office.
LVS Decorative Arts is a family run business specialising in an eclectic mix of fine quality and decorative antiques from around the world.
Being members of LAPADA, the largest association for professional art and antiques dealers in the UK, we are committed in upholding the highest of standards.
All furniture is professionally restored to the highest of standards, using traditional methods by cabinet makers and polishers with a wealth of experience keeping the item in as original condition as possible and conserving original patina (colour) and materials whenever possible - we feel that quality restoration is paramount to the longevity of the piece.
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Please note: viewing is 'By Appointment' only - please contact Liza a few days in advance to arrange
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Please bear in mind: antique items for sale may have some wear and marks commensurate with their age which adds to the character of the piece.
Thank you and we hope you find our stock interesting.
Internal Ref: LVS1269


This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 19th Century.


Height = 18.5 cm (7.3")
Width = 35.5 cm (14.0")
Depth = 28 cm (11.0")

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