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Antique Regency Desk or Writing Table, English 19th Century



A fine Regency period Carlton House desk,  London, circa 1815. Why we like it 'Carlton House' desks are rare, mostly dating to the late George III period, so this very fine, particularly elegant Regency example in well figured palisander highlighted with brass inlays is a very unusual find. Eight small drawers at the top and two large frieze drawers made this very pretty desk a perfect dressing table with lots of storage for ladies' necessities. The use of well figured veneers and elegant brass inlays make present desk related to the oeuvre of George Oakley (1773–1840), one of London's leading cabinetmakers of the Regency era. The firm of George Oakley produced stylish furniture in the Grecian taste during the decades spanning the turn of the 19th century, and was one of the pioneers of ‘Buhl’ inlay, a form of decoration that regained popularity during the early years of the Regency. Fashionable materials such as rosewood, mahogany and calamander were often used in Oakley's furniture, combined with inlays of satinwood and ebony, and brass stars and bands of metalwork. The highclass furniture made by George Oakley earned him a royal appointment and a contemporary reputation for fine craftsmanship.  Visits by the royal family to Oakley's Bond St Showrooms are recorded in the Morning Chronicle of 1799. In May ‘the ROYAL FAMILY, with the PRINCE and PRINCESS of ORANGE did Mr. OAKLEY the honour of viewing his Printed Furniture Warehouse in New Bond Street; when her MAJESTY, the Duke and Duckess of YORK, and the PRINCESSES, &c., highly approved of the splendid variety which has justly attracted the notice of the fashionable world.’ Two weeks later, ‘Notwithstanding the fatigues which the Royal Family underwent [at the King's Birthday Parade], the Queen and Princesses, accompanied by the Duke and Duchess of York made a tour of the most elegant shops and manufactories in the different lines of the useful Arts. We saw them at Oakley and Shackleton's magazine of furniture in Old Bond Street … and thus Their Majesties, in the prevailing taste for magnificence in every article of decoration, give the most flattering encouragement to the arts by their countenance and protection’. On the evening of the celebrations in honour of the King's Birthday, ‘the illuminations were mostly confined to the gaming houses and the tradesmen. OAKLEY's furniture magazine was the most tasteful and novel in its design’. [Morning Chronicle, 23 May, 5, 6 and 17 June] The accolade of Royal Appointment followed shortly after this tribute to royal patronage, and on 2 July an entry in the Morning Chronicle advertising the wide stock of fabrics available at 67 New Bond St is headed ‘GEO. OAKLEY and Co. FURNITURE PRINTERS to her MAJESTY’.


  • Similar to
    George Oakley (Cabinetmaker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 37 in. (93.98 cm)Width: 42 in. (106.68 cm)Depth: 24 in. (60.96 cm)
  • Style
    Regency (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1815
  • Condition
    Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use. Fine restored condition.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1781215534981

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