This stunning Carlton House desk is a delight, featuring beautiful hand painted decoration.

Carlton House Desk

As you can see from the above photo, this beautiful Carlton House desk has been made from the very finest satinwood. It also features rosewood crossbanding and the superb decoration comprises hand painted leaves, floral scrolls, emblems and urns.

Satinwood, as the name suggests, is a hard durable wood that when polished has a satin-like sheen. It was particularly popular for cabinet making and marquetry as well as for making musical instruments.

Rosewood again as the name suggests has a lovely rich warm reddish brown colour and has a very distinctive grain with dark brown and black outlining. It is hard to work with as it is very hard and is infamous for blunting tools. Rosewood veneer, especially Rosewoods from the Brazilian species is highly prized and was the wood of choice for the famous box makers David and Thomas Edwards.

A Carlton House desk type originates from within the bureau a gradin form. Originally designed in the 1790’s for the Prince of Wales who was later to become George IV by George Heppelwhite, it is named after Carlton House, the residence of the Prince of Wales at the time. This type of desk is also sometimes known as a Carlton House writing table. The desk is similar to a ‘normal’ desk, but the drawers form a ‘U’ shape around the desk user, instead of being flat in front as is more usual in a bureau a gradin. The other essential difference from the bureau a gradin is the Carlton House desk does not have pigeon holes.

The desk top has a range of small cupboards, drawers and other storage compartments. There are an additional three larger drawers at the front of the desk providing ample storage for writing materials, stationery and papers.

Wonderfully crafted and very ornate, this desk is sure to be the talking point of any interior.


This lovely item is priced at £2,950.00


This Carlton House desk is in excellent condition, please see photographs to confirm this for yourself.

Will it fit?

The dimensions of the desk are as follows:

In cm: Height 114 x Width 152 x Depth 76

In inches: Height 3 feet, 9 inches x Width 5 feet x Depth 2 feet, 6 inches

Viewing and Further Information

We are always happy to arrange viewings of items at our North London warehouse, where you will also discover a fine range of other desirable desks. Please call for an appointment or if you want any further information, one of our experts will be happy to help. Our telephone number is: 020 8809 9605. Please quote reference 02227.


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