A faded rosewood Davenport with flush, brass campaign handles.
This fine quality Davenport shows all the signs of being made by a good London cabinet maker, as you would expect given its provenance. The underside of the desk is branded 'VR 1871 Frogmore House Store' and there is also a partial paper label for Frogmore. George III purchased Frogmore for his wife Queen Charlotte in 1792 and it then passed through the royal line. 'The History of the Royal Residences of Windsor Castle, St James's Palace, Carlton House, Kensington Palace, Hampton Court, Buckingham House and Frogmore' by W.H. Pyne shows an 1817 aquatint of the Queen's Library, Frogmore by W.J. Bennett after Charles Wild. The Davenport illustrated is likely to be this one, with the difference in handles explained by artistic license; the flush handles would not be as recognizable as the Regency handles depicted. There is no other Davenport in the Royal Collection at Frogmore which is a better match.
The colour of the rosewood has faded to a rich honey hue and its contrast to the original colour is emphasized by the dark colour of the pull-out slides which have not been exposed to sunlight. The drawer edges are inset with boxwood which is also inlaid to the top and base of the desk. The Davenport retains its original, tooled leather skiver to the writing slope. This has a removable fiddle bar and a brass Greek key pattern gallery above it. The slope has a Bramah lock with the address of 124 Piccadilly which was used from 1784. It lifts to reveal a storage area for documents with 2 satinwood veneered drawers and 2 dummy drawers below. The dummy drawers cover the area the desk tidy, accessed from the side, sits when closed.
The top section of the Davenport slides forward over your knees, on brass fittings and the whole desk can be easily moved around on brass casters. The desk has full length drawers to the right hand side with mahogany linings. The other 3 sides are also fitted with flush campaign handles and boxwood stringing to give the illusion of drawers. Both sides have pull out slides, below the brass reeded moulding, to rest papers etc whilst working.
Aside from its Royal provenance, this is an exceptional, well drawn piece of furniture. For a Davenport it can perhaps be considered small and it is neat with its clean lines, short square section feet and flush campaign handles. Circa 1810.
Closed size is given.