17th Century William and Mary Desk
Delivering from: East Sussex, United Kingdom (UK)
17th-century Oyster veneer kneehole desk
Stunning English William and MaryLaburnum oyster veneer desk. circa 1690.
Really lovely warm and great proportions and very visually beautiful, unusual, and of very good colour and patination.
The oyster veneer got its name from the shape of the oyster shell, the veneer is achieved by using thin slices of wood branches or roots cut in cross-sections, resulting in circular or oval pieces of veneer which are laid side by side in furniture to produce various decorative patterns.
Old replacement worn leather top beneath two central drawers and six smaller drawers. The desk benefits from a working lock and key.
We are of the opinion the kneehole desk was adapted from a 17th-century chest-on-chest.
History of William & Mary Oyster Veneer Desk
The William and Mary period in English furniture design lasted from 1689 to 1702, during the reign of King William III and Queen Mary II. Furniture from this period is known for its extravagant and ornate style, often featuring intricate carvings, rich veneers, and curved lines.
One example of a William and Mary-style piece of furniture is the laburnum and oyster veneer kneehole desk. This type of desk was commonly used during the 17th century as a writing or work surface. The desk features a rectangular top, typically with a central panel that lifts up to reveal a storage compartment, and drawers or compartments on either side.
The laburnum and oyster veneer kneehole desk is characterized by its use of exotic and expensive materials. The desk is often constructed from solid laburnum wood, a durable and attractive hardwood, which is then veneered with oyster wood. Oyster wood, also known as turtle shell or calamander wood, is a rare and valuable wood that is prized for its distinctive grain and pattern.
The veneer is applied in a decorative pattern, often featuring intricate designs and motifs. The desk may also feature other decorative elements, such as turned legs or carved details.
These desks were often used in the homes of wealthy individuals during the William and Mary period and were typically reserved for use by the head of the household or other important family members. Today, these desks are highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts of antique furniture.
The laburnum and oyster veneer kneehole desk is an excellent example of the intricate and ornate style of furniture that was popular during the William and Mary period. Its use of rare and expensive materials, combined with its elegant design, make it a true masterpiece of English furniture design.
Very good antique condition. Some scuffs to the leather and some little nicks just what you would expect for a piece that is over 300 years old.
Width: 117 centimeters
Height: 78 centimeters
Depth: 45 centimeters
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