Maple & Co Mahogany, Satinwood and Marquetry Inlaid Victorian Carlton House Desk For Sale
Want more images?
Request additional images from the seller
1 of 19 images

Maple & Co Mahogany, Satinwood and Marquetry Inlaid Victorian Carlton House Desk


An Exhibition quality mahogany, satinwood and marquetry inlaid 19th century Carlton House Desk made by the renowned London firm and suppliers to Royalty, Maple & Co. Stamped to the central drawer. English, London made, circa 1880-1900. Of mahogany construction, crossbanded in satinwood veneers and inlaid with stunning exhibition quality exotic wood engraved marquetry consisting of musical trophies, shells, anthemia, urns and foliage. The rounded superstructure surmounted with a rare inlaid wooden gallery centered by an inlaid musical trophy, below having a central door flanked by three drawers and a curved door. Each door being lockable, marquetry inlaid and satinwood banded with the drawers similar having central brass knob handles. To each end there are hinged curved compartments with central musical trophies which open backwards each revealing a mahogany lined drawer. The sliding forward central writing surface has been newly fitted with a Royal Blue gilt and blind tooled leather insert having a boxwood strung border below a larger twin handled drawer flanked to each side by two short drawers each being inlaid with central anthemia and scrolling foliage with an engraved brass handle crossbanded with boxwood, ebony and satinwood. Supported on elegant square tapering legs, the tops having inlaid ribbon tied trailing flowers each being boxwood strung finished on spade feet and original brass castors. The back and sides also being profusely inlaid on six separately boarded panels, three to the superstructure consisting of classical urns with foliate inlaid scroll design and three to the lower section consisting of a central inlaid shell motif surrounded by similar scrolling foliate design. Offered in excellent condition having a superb color this antique Carlton House Desk by the renowned makers Maple & Co. is the best and finest model they made. Very rare to the market this desk with make a fine addition to any home or collection. The London firm Maple & Co. which was based in Tottenham Court Road, but also had a branch in the Rue Bourdeau in Paris were proud to publish their clientele, besides most members of the British Royal family, included 'H.I.M. The Czar of Russia, H.I.M. The Empress of Germany, H.I.M. The Empress Eugenie', also 'The Royal Family of the Netherlands', and even 'H.M. The King of Siam’. This desk is identical to a Cartlon House Desk supplied by Maple & Co to De Haar Castle which was a Dutch castle owned by one of the Rothschilds which was rebuilt and furnished by them in the late 19th Century. This desk was listed in the Maple & Co sale (supply to De Harm Castle) catalogue as an ‘Exceptionally Fine Satinwood Inlaid "Carlton" Writing Table', which is listed as 1007 B in the 'Drawing-room furniture' section of the sale catalogue and cost 30 Pounds. Sold at Christies Amsterdam 13th October 1998 it realized a amazing £71,498. The Carlton House Desk is thought to have been named so after being a design in the late 18th Century by either George Hepplewhite or John Kerr for the Prince of Wales (who later became George IV) for his London Residence, Carlton House. The desk resembles a normal writing table, but small drawers above the surface form a "U" shape around the user, instead of merely facing the user as in a typical bureau à gradin. Unlike other types of bureau à gradin, the Carlton House desk usually offers no pigeonholes. There are usually small slopes over each of the desktop drawers at the left and right ends of the "U" shape. Drawings of this type of desk were presented by Hepplewhite in his noted design book, The Cabinet Maker and Upholsterers Guide and Thomas Sheraton his own book of designs, The Cabinet Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing Book, thus ensuring its popularity. Dimensions: Width 53 1/4 inches - 135.5cm Height 39 1/4 inches - 99.5cm Depth 26 1/4 inches - 67cm Knee height 23 1/2 inches - 59.5cm.  


  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 39.18 in. x W 53.35 in. x D 26.38 in.H 99.5 cm x W 135.5 cm x D 67 cm
  • Seller Location
    Benington, GB
  • Seller Reference Number
  • Reference Number
Buyer Protection Guaranteed
Our Promise To You: If you're not happy with the way an item arrived, we'll work with the seller on your behalf to ensure you're satisfied with the resolution. Read more

Delivery, Returns & Payment

  • Delivery
    Rates vary by destination and complexity

    Some items may require special handling and packaging. Request a shipping quote to see what options are available to your destination.

  • Return Policy

    This item can be returned within 3 days of delivery.

    View details
  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About the Seller

5 / 5
Gold Seller
1stdibs seller since 2015
Located in Benington, GB
LAPADA - The Association of Arts & Antiques Dealers
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller
Fine 19th Century Satinwood Kidney Shape Side W...
Gillows of Lancaster & London
English Desks and Writing Tables
Leather, Ebony, Satinwood
Fine 19th Century Gillows Brass-Mounted Mahogan...
Gillows of Lancaster & London
English Desks and Writing Tables
Brass, Leather, Mahogany
Fine 19th Century Ebonized and Brass-Mounted Fr...
French Desks and Writing Tables
Brass, Leather, Mahogany, Oak
French 19th Century Kingwood and Ormolu-Mounted...
French Desks and Writing Tables
Brass, Ormolu, Kingwood
You May Also Like
Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk Ma...
Maple & Co.
English Desks and Writing Tables
Brass, Satinwood
Inlaid Mahogany Carlton House Desk
English Desks and Writing Tables
Leather, Mahogany, Satinwood
Stunning Inlaid Satinwood Carlton House Writing...
British Desks and Writing Tables
Exhibition Quality Satinwood Cylinder Desk, Map...
Maple & Co.
English Desks and Writing Tables
Beautiful Satinwood Carlton House Desk
British Desks and Writing Tables
Mahogany, Satinwood
Exceptional Quality Late Victorian Maple & Co. ...
Maple & Co.
English Desks
Leather, Mahogany
Mahogany Carlton House Desk
English Desks and Writing Tables
19th Century Victorian Mahogany Kidney Shaped D...
Maple & Co.
English Desks

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries