We are proud to be able to offer for sale this Antique Satinwood Carlton House Writing Desk dating from around 1880.

This style of “Carlton House Desk” is said to have been created originally in the 1790’s by George Hepplewhite for the Prince of Wales who subsequently became King George IV. It is also often referred to as a Carlton House Writing Table.

Carlton House was, at that time, the London home of the Prince of Wales and it is from there that the desk took its name.

The desk differs from a normal writing table in that the drawers above the surface are formed into a “U” shape instead of being merely set up in front of the user in the normal way. Unlike many other types of bureau the Carlton House desk usually does not have any pigeonholes. It is usual to find small slopes over the two desktop drawers at the left and right ends of the “U” shaped top – as is the case here.

Drawings of this type of design were published by George Hepplewhite in his well-known furniture design book entitled the “Cabinet Maker and Upholsterers Guide.”  Thomas Sheraton also included the design in his own famous book of designs called “The Cabinet Maker and Upholsterer’s Drawing Book” and it was this exposure which made the Carlton House Desk such a popular and practical piece of furniture.

We hope you will agree that the choice of satinwood for the construction of this Carlton House Desk was truly inspired. Satinwood is such a hard and durable wood with a satin sheen which makes it very suitable for a working piece of furniture like a desk or writing table.

This desk has clearly been treated with tender loving care as it still has the original inset tan coloured and gold tooled leather writing surface.

The desk top includes six small drawers, three cupboards, and two lift up storage compartments. There are five additional, larger, drawers at the bottom which should serve to provide more than enough storage space for your stationery and other requirements.

We are pleased to be able to confirm that the desk still has the original, working, brass locks, keys and brass drop handles. As you can see from the image below, the locks bear the mark of the maker, master locksmith Hobbs & Co.

Will It Fit?

Please make a note of the dimensions and check that it will fit into your intended space before placing an order for this Carlton House Desk.

The desk has a height of 97cm and is 136cm wide x 66cm deep, which equates to 3 feet, 2 inches high x 4 feet, 5 inches wide x 2 feet, 2 inches deep.

We can ship this fine desk to almost any worldwide destination – please contact us first for a shipping quotation before placing your order if you live outside mainland UK.