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Superb and Rare 19th Century Chinese Export Padauk Desk c. 1850

A wonderful and rare piece of mid 19th Century Chinese Export furniture
58.25 inches wide, 26 inches deep and 34.5 inches high.

Floor to underside of the top drawers is 24 inches and the kneehole is 34.5 inches wide.

For metric please multiply by 2.5
Full Description
A superb 19th century Padauk wood desk with two long over four short and deep drawers retaining finely cast original brass handles, escutcheons and locks and in excellent condition throughout.

Finished to back and sides with inset fielded panels. The drawer fronts have been carved in the solid to create a raised plateau with stepped back border.

The desk carcase in solid Padauk Wood and of the highest quality. The cabinet work is exemplary with fine hand cut dovetails neat rectangular exposed tenons which have both a practical and decorative function.

This desk is of Chinese origin and was made for export to Western Europe.

Padauk is a rare and very beautiful wood. It is heavier, more dense and has greater endurance than oak. When cut it has purple hues and a swirling grain with contrasting light and dark heartwood similar to rosewood and the drawer linings on this desk show this particularly well.

All of the drawers open and close smoothly and are tall and deep, providing a considerable amount of storage space.

Minor marks and scuffs to the back of the desk, small knocks and dings consistent with age, a few of the internal drawer runners have been replaced – professional work done some time ago and entirely usual for a desk after a century and a half of light use.

Colour and finish is lovely, rich and deep and consistent throughout including to the top with no significant marks, stains or scratches.

The desk separates for transport into three parts - upper desk and the two pedestals – and is fitted back together and held firm by internal wooden locating lozenges.

Although we feel this was made as a bespoke desk, it also works well as a sideboard and would sit well with a modern interior. The beautiful and simple linear form of the desk conceals its highly complex, high quality and detailed construction.