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Antique Kidney Desk

$121,249.92Asking Price


A rare kidney shaped desk by Wright & Mansfield. Of freestanding form, constructed in gean wood (Highland Black Cherry), dressed with fourteen Wedgwood black basalt plaques of Antique figures (stamped Wedgwood to the rear) and decorated with inlay work of the very finest quality, and part ebonized, rising from a plinth base, the bombe form pedestals having ring turned and reeded columns to the angles, having doors with inset elliptical plaques, enclosed within frameworks suspended by line inlaid stringing and terminating in lovers bows within a rectangular line inlay with re-entrant corners -the left encloses a shelved interior-the right enclosing a bank of three drawers, over, a long center drawer is flanked by two short drawers, and lockable by 'Secure Lever' hardware, and quadrant moulding, the entire ceinture, having eight circular Wedgwood medallions of classical busts from Grecian originals, further large elliptical Wedgwood plaques adorn the sides and rear, the platform having a Morocco leather writing surface with Greek Key tooling. Provenance: Made for Fetteresso Castle, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire. This wonderful piece has close affiliations to a Wright & Mansfield desk we had the honor to own some while ago, which was, as our research discovered, made for Sir Dudley Coutts Marjoribanks (Lord Tweedmouth) for his London townhouse; a very similar desk, incorporating the distinctive use of gean wood, in combination with Wedgwood ware, (of which he possessed a fine collection), may be seen at Haddo House, Aberdeenshire. Sir Dudley was an amateur of the Adam period, and a major client of Wright & Mansfield; furniture (incorporating Gean Wood) made for him was exhibited at the 1862 Great Exhibition.


  • Creator
    Wedgwood (Manufacturer),Wright and Mansfield (Cabinetmaker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 29 in. (73.66 cm)Width: 60 in. (152.4 cm)Depth: 33 in. (83.82 cm)
  • Style
    Neoclassical (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1870
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 83361stDibs: LU95472504042

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    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: London, United Kingdom
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About the Manufacturer


Arguably the most celebrated of all English ceramics makers, Wedgwood was founded in 1759 by Staffordshire potter Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795). The company is famed for its Jasperware — molded Neoclassical stoneware vases, plates and other pieces, inspired by ancient cameo glass, featuring white figures, scenes and decorative elements set in relief on a matte colored background. The best-known background hue is light blue, but Wedgwood’s iconic silhouettes also appear on green, lilac, yellow, black and even white grounds. Some pieces use three or more colors.The Wedgwood firm first came to prominence for its tableware, which quickly gained favor in aristocratic households throughout Britain and Europe. In 1765, Wedgwood was commissioned to create a cream-colored earthenware service for Queen Charlotte, consort of King George III. The queen was so thrilled with her new china that Wedgwood was given permission to call himself “Potter to Her Majesty,” and the decorative style became known as Queen’s Ware. Not to be outdone, Catherine the Great of Russia commissioned her own set of Wedgwood china in 1773. Nearly 200 years later, the firm created a 1,200-piece service for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. In recent years, leading designers including Jasper Conran and Vera Wang have collaborated with Wedgwood — in the tradition of such distinguished 18th century artists such as the painter George Stubbs and metalsmith Matthew Boulton.From plates and other dinnerware to decorative items like urns, cachepots and candlesticks, Wedgwood designs lend a traditional air to Anglophile interiors. And even if you have to make your own tea, you may find it comforting to sip it from a delicate cup that was manufactured in the same Stoke-on-Trent kiln that produced Her Majesty’s tea service. Be sure to keep your pinky raised.
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