The LAPADA/Country Life Object of the Year competition closes on June 3rd. Until then, those with internet access in Cumbria and Lancashire can vote for the antique desk, table or cabinet they would most like to see win online.
In 2009 – the year the competition was launched – the Object of the Year was a magnificent bureau. This year, there is a particularly strong contingent of antique desks, three of them escritoires or secretary desks, two of them heavily inlaid with marquetry work. Antique marquetry furniture features strongly in the competition. One antique desk – a beautiful Edwards & Roberts satinwood ladies writing desk, circa 1870 – is inlaid with chariots, mythical beasts, rams heads, musical instruments and patriotic motifs. These are of such exquisite quality a magnifying glass is required to study the detail.
An unusual prize for voters from Lancashire is a Victorian oak pedestal desk from the early 1870s. Made by Howard and Sons, this beautiful parcel-gilt piece features two fall-front compartments above the desk top, with pedestals either side of the kneehole – angled outwards to allow more leg room. The pedestals have four linenfold-carved drawers one side, while the other has a cupboard door, carved and incised and sunflowers. The plated drop handles and mediaeval mounts are typical of the Gothic Revival period.
Of interest to residents in Cumbria is an antique chest which doubles as a portable desk. The carving and marquetry inlay features hunting and horse racing scenes, while inside are trays for writing implements, inkwell etc. Whether you are looking for a small antique chest, or a Victorian oak partners desk , Preston antique dealers have many superb examples of exhibition quality.
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