Antique Edwardian Inlaid Rosewood Workbox Table C.1900

Antique Edwardian Inlaid Rosewood Workbox Table C.1900

Antique Edwardian Inlaid Rosewood Workbox Table C.1900


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About this item

This is an antique English workbox, circa 1900.

It was made from rosewood with fabulous satinwood inlaid decoration. It has a drawer with compartments  for cottons, thread, needles, etc, and a large compartment below for wool, cloth, etc. It stands on its original brass and porcelain castors.

This stunning table will create a sense of style in your home which is synonymous with quality furniture pieces.


In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation of condition.


Dimensions in cm:

Height 73 x Width 72 x Depth 43

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 5 inches x Width 2 feet, 4 inches x Depth 1 foot, 5 inches

is a rich warm reddish brown wood that has a distinct grain with dark brown and black outlining. One variety of Rosewood can vary significantly from another even though it is of the same species. These Rosewoods, native of India, South East Asia and Brazil, were dense and awkward to work with. It was renowned for quickly bluntening cutting tools and visibly darkening in colour when over prepared.

The Brazilian species of Rosewood was by far the most beautifully figured and therefore it became the most sought after and rare. This was the wood of choice for the great box makers, David and Thomas Edwards who used it to veneer some of their finest pieces.  

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. 



W72.0 x H73.0 x D43.0 cm



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