Antique Satinwood & Inlaid Bureau De Dame Desk 19th C

Antique Satinwood & Inlaid Bureau De Dame Desk 19th C


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A superb late Victorian satinwood, black line inlaid and crossbanded, cylinder bureau, circa 1880 in date.

With three drawers above the retractable cylinder enclosing a sliding mechanism fitted interior with pigeon holes and four small drawers, a pull out writing surface fitted with an inset gold tooled leather writing surface, over a further three drawers in the frieze.

The central frieze drawer bears the ivorine label of the retailer Gill & Reigate of Oxford Street London.

Fitted with the original elegant brass handles and raised on square, tapered legs that terminate in brass capped toes and castors.

With working locks and original keys.Provenance:

Savoy Hotel London, bearing their label on the underside of the central frieze drawer. We also found a label inside, see photo, showing the cost of room 677/8 as 63 shillings per night. 63 shillings was then known as 3 guineas or £3 and 15 pence today.


In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned and repolished in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 113 x Width 106 x Depth 61

Dimensions in inches:

Height 3 feet, 8 inches x Width 3 feet, 6 inches x Depth 2 feet, 0 inches

Gill & Reigate

The firm of Gill & Reigate was founded in 1899, and by 1901, trading at 85 Oxford Street, London, they described themselves as 'Dealers in Antique & Modern Furniture, Artistic Decorators and Upholsterers'. They were decorators to King George V. The firm appears to have lasted until 1958, then trading at Arlington House, Arlington Street.

During the period 1915-1920 the firm were engaged on the restoration and furnishing of Sulgrave Manor, under the direction of the architect Sir Reginald Blomfield

is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.

The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.

It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.


W106.0 x H113.0 x D61.0 cm



Date of manufacture



19th Century




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