If you’re working from home in lockdown, an antique desk could be the perfect companion. Likewise, if you’re among the new, eco-conscious generation of younger buyers sourcing pre-loved objects over new.
Not only is antique furniture beautiful to behold, it’s built to last, good value for money, celebrates fine craftmanship and has historical pedigree. This example in our May 25 Fine Art Auction is lot 3091, an early Victorian rosewood pedestal kneehole desk, circa 1840, estimate £500-£800.
It has a rectangular top with leather writing surface and bears a brass plaque which states, ‘J Bramah 124 Piccadilly’ - which means its locks are by London lockmaker Joseph Bramah.
Bramah (1748-1814) started out by training as a cabinet-maker. In 1784 he patented his first lock and in the same year set up the Bramah Locks Company at 124 Piccadilly, London.
Bramah was an inventor in every sense of the word, patenting an improved flushing toilet, bank note printing press and hydraulic press to name but a few.
The sheer quality and workmanship displayed in antique furniture like this are a sight to behold. This desk oozes sophistication, class and a powerful sense of history. With locks created by a great British inventor, it’s an acquisition to be proud of.
Lot 3091, an early Victorian rosewood pedestal kneehole desk, circa 1840, estimate £500-£800.is due to be sold on May 25. It's in Hansons’ online-only May Fine Art Auction | May 21-22 and 25-26.
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