A rare and superb quality George IV period Davenport desk in beautifully
figured satinwood. This Davenport features a top which rotates through a
quarter turn (to allow the user to sit at it), with a leather inset fall
lifting to reveal a well with three interior pencil cedar lined drawers, and a sliding
and hinged pen tray to the right hand side. Below this is a bank of four mahogany
lined drawers, all with turned knob handles, raised on a plinth base with
original brass castors. Circa 1825.
Bears makers’ stamp to the top drawer, ‘Miles & Edwards, 134 Oxford
St, London 40258’.
About Miles &
Henry Miles and John Edwards are recorded in The Dictionary of English
Furniture Makers as active from their Oxford St. premises between 1822 and
1840. Their clients included the British Ambassador to Paris and the Empress of
Russia. Commissions in the UK included furniture for Audley End House in
Essex, Hampton Court, Burton Constable in Yorkshire, and Wynyard Park in County
Durham. They were later taken over by Charles Hindley & Sons.
Details of Restoration
This item is in original structural condition. The polish has been
refinished, by our own craftsmen, by hand in the traditional manner. There are
some extremely minor old marks under the polish. The leather inset is a
Width 19” (48cm) Depth 19” (48cm) Height 33” (84cm)
heartily recommend that you avail yourself of a tape measure and double-check
that any item you are thinking of purchasing will fit into the space you have
in mind for it – in our experience it is all too easy to view a photograph and
imagine a piece is either double or half the size it actually is!
will be happy to arrange a quote for delivery should this be required. We have
a network of reliable couriers we can recommend for both UK and international transport.
are, of course, also welcome to arrange your own collection.
are a long established family firm buying and selling fine quality antique and
later furniture. Peter Martin founded the business some 45 years ago in the
picturesque East Berkshire town of Eton – in the shadow of Windsor castle and
home to the world famous Eton College – and was joined by son Paul just over 25
years ago. Peter has now officially retired and handed over the reins to Paul,
but continues to work for the business on a consultancy basis. We still have an
office in Eton, but our stock is now available to view in three different
locations across the South of England.
main 3,000 sq. ft. warehouse and showroom is located at Unit 21 of The Vinery
Complex, just a mile from the beautiful and historic West Sussex town of
Arundel. We are also pleased to offer items from our retail area just inside
the front door at The Salisbury Antiques Centre, 94 Wilton Rd, Salisbury, Wilts
(www.salisburyantiquescentre.com). In addition to this, we have a small
selection of items on view at Highgate Antiques & Interiors, 191-199
Archway Road, London N6 5BW. Should you spot something on this website that is
of interest but would like to see it ‘in the flesh’, just drop us a line or
give us a call and we’ll work out the most mutually convenient way for you to
view the item in question.
carry a large and diverse range of furniture for the home and office, in oak,
walnut, mahogany and exotic timbers. All restoration is carried out in the
traditional manner by our own skilled craftsmen. Our stock dates mostly from
the 18th to early 20th centuries, although we also offer a few later,
high-quality pieces of traditional style. Also, from time to time we may have a
limited range of paintings, prints, rugs and objects in stock, depending on
what fortune sends our way. With two buyers constantly on the road searching
for stock there are always fresh pieces available for your perusal. And if we
haven't got exactly what you are looking for, our extensive range of contacts
in the trade means there's a good chance we can find it for you.
Feel free to browse through
our website: www.pjmartinantiques.co.uk
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can be seen our feedback rating is extremely positive, if a little short on
numbers due to the fact that we tend to deal with our customers ‘person to
person’ even when first contact has been made via eBay or other website. We
have been in business for over 40 years, and are long-standing members of both
LAPADA (The London & Provincial Antique Dealers Association) ( www.lapada.org ), the premier antiques trade
representative body in the UK, and CINOA (Confédération Internationale des
Négociants en Oeuvres d'Art) ( www.cinoa.org
),and are of course bound by the codes of good practice of both of these august
associations. We are also proud to be active and long-established members of
the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses).
are confident that our photographs and descriptions accurately represent the
item being offered, but there is of course no substitute for viewing any item
of antique furniture prior to purchase. You are always more than welcome to
visit for an inspection; however, we appreciate that this is not always
practical and so are proud to offer a full money-back guarantee on all items
purchased. If for any reason you are unhappy with your acquisition, simply
return it to us within 14 days of delivery, in the same condition as when it
left our premises, and we will be happy to offer a complete refund on the
purchase price. The only cost you will bear is that of the transport.
Bank Transfer, or cash-on-collection/delivery preferred. Banker’s Drafts or
personal cheques are acceptable, but please note that under no circumstances
will goods be released until funds have cleared. We regret that we are unable
to process credit or debit card transactions over the phone or online.
Thank you for your
Paul & Peter