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Lot 94: CHARLES ROBERT ASHBEE (1863-1942) FOR THE GUILD OF HANDICRAFT MAHOGANY WRITING DESK, DESIGNED 1890 96cm wide, 78cm high, 46cm deep

Decorative Arts: Design Since 1860

by Lyon & Turnbull

26 October 2016

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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Description: CHARLES ROBERT ASHBEE (1863-1942) FOR THE GUILD OF HANDICRAFT
MAHOGANY WRITING DESK, DESIGNED 1890
the rectangular top above above a central drawer flanked to one side by two further drawers and a panelled door and to the other with an open shelf and corresponding panelled door, the whole raised on square legs, cast brass drop handles
96cm wide, 78cm high, 46cm deep

Condition Report: - The top sectionshowing a well used patina, with ink stains and ring marks
- The joints are generally tight, slightly lifting at the frotn top corners
- Original locks and handles
- The hinges to the facing left door are damaged, with the lower section detached
- Scuffs, nicks and marks consistent with age and use

Keyhole dimensions - 11mm tall, 7mm (at widest point)


Condition Disclaimer
Under the Conditions of Sale applicable to the sale of the lot, buyers must satisfy themselves as to each and every aspect of the quality of the lot, including (without limitation) its authorship, attribution, condition, provenance, authenticity, age, suitability and origin. Lots are sold on an 'as is' basis but the actual condition of the lot may not be as good as indicated by its outward appearance. In particular parts may have been replaced or renewed and lots may not be authentic or of satisfactory quality.

Any statement in relation to the lot is merely an expression of opinion of the seller or Lyon & Turnbull and should not be relied upon as an inducement to bid on the lot. Lots are available for inspection prior to the sale and you are strongly advised to examine any lot in which you are interested prior to the sale. Our condition report has not been prepared by a professional conservator, restorer or engineer.

Notes: Literature: Crawford, Alan 'C.R. Ashbee: Architect, Designer & Romantic Socialist', Yale University Press, 1985, p. 449, note no.2 on Chapter 11 where this desk is mentioned 'a desk to a design of 1890'.
Note: The design for this table appears in the Guild Workshop Record Book dated 1890, and, although furniture was probably made from the earliest days of the Guild and certainly before the move to Essex House in 1891, this desk may have been made up later than 1890.

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