This object is eligible for a Certificate of BADA Provenance

A very rare and fantastic quality Regency period burr elm early 19th century Davenport, having lift up swivel top retaining original ormolu gallery.

With pierced handle and leather inset top over four long drawers with elegant bobbin moulded decoration raised on original turned bun feet.

Davenports owe their name to Captain Davenport who was the first person to commission a piece of furniture of this form, from the well known and hugely respected firm Gillows, of Lancaster, towards
the end of the 18th century.

They generally lost their elegant and simple design as the 19th century progressed and once the victorian era came around they were many of them being produced, a lot of which were extremely fussy in their design and also questionable in their quality of construction.

This piece however is very much early regency in date and it's features certainly combine to create a fine quality piece of furniture.

It has mahogany and ash secondary timbers fine ormolu furnishings and retains it's original elegant turned bun feet. 

The swivel top also has a most rare mechanical action connected to the back of it which means that when the top swivels to one side a writing slide is automatically popped out of the other side.

This is an extremely rare and charming feature which we have actually never previously come across.

Circa 1810

Height - 31in
Width - 18in
Depth - 23in

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Open by appointment and at fairs (see also under The Edenbridge Galleries, Edenbridge, Kent)