Occasionally they come with a decorative brass gallery at the back. The lift up lid conceals a stationary compartment and the whole of the top section of the davenport slides forwards creating an overhang to sit under as a desk.
There have been numerous reproductions during the 20th century, and amateur cabinetmakers sometimes consider a Davenport to be an interesting project. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations.
This desk owes its name to a Captain Davenport who was the first to commission the design, from Gillows of Lancasternear the end of the 18th century. The Davenport has drawers on one of its sides, which are sometimes concealed by a panel.
Lifting the desktop accesses a large compartment with storage space for paper and other writing implements, and smaller spaces in the forms of small drawers and pigeonholes. The front is supported by elegant barley twist legs while the main body of the desk rests on small castors. Down the left hand side of the desk there are four faux drawers whilst the right side has four mahogany lined working drawers with turned handles.
It has a raised shaped back above a moulded writing slope complete with central faux leather writing insert.
There is also a small pen and ink drawer which pulls out and rests alongside the main working area. The Davenport desk should not be confused with the Davenport sofawhich is usually a modern combination sofa and bed or an antique form of upholstered sofa based on a design conceived at the beginning of the 20th century by a BostonMassachusettscompany called A.
Many antique davenports are fitted with casters at the bottom so they can be moved around easily. This stack of side drawers holds up the back of the desk and most of its weight.
They usually have small drawers for storing writing equipment and ink wells. This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. The addition of the two legs in front completes the odd effect.
This desk form was popular during the 19th century. This item is now sold, please click here to see our current stock. This antique Davenport desk dates from around and is quite unusual being constructed from rosewood.
The interior of the desk has two small drawers over a faux drawer, all having striking birch veneer fronts. The piece stands on beautifully turned bun feet with Brown porcelain castors and is a rich warm medium oak with a striking grain, good patina, is in very good condition and has been beautifully cleaned using a traditional form of wax finishing.
During most of the late Georgian and Victorian erasthe davenport was mainly used by the Lady and would have of a small chest of drawers with a desk on top.
Both sides of the desk are the same having four drawers with turned handles and later drawer linings, the only difference being the right side also has a smaller drawer at the top.
The front of the desk has beautifully scrolled carved supports and while the whole desk sits on turned bun feet. Beneath the writing slope can be found an interior made from a striking satinbirch and contains two small mahogany lined working drawers along with to faux drawers.
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Trim bun feet with ornate scrollwork supports a hinged, lifting desktop/5(9). The antique davenport desk was first recorded in the George III period of the s, in the records of the renowned cabinet maker Gillows of Lancaster and it states ‘Captain Davenport desk’.
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