Carlton House desk

English (London)
about 1815
Attributed to George Oakley (about 1760-1841)


Dimensions

H: 35 3/8 in.; W: 42 1/8 in.; D: 23 3/8 in. Checked furniture conservation lab 12/10/12 GH

Accession Number

2012.1170

Medium or Technique

Calamander, gilt metal, leather writing surface

On View

Susan Morse Hilles Gallery (Gallery 152)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Furniture

The design of this desk with a stepped superstructure is traditionally associated with Carlton House, the London residence of the Prince Regent, later King George IV. The fashion for furniture in the “Grecian” taste inlaid in the “buhl” manner was a specialty of the Bond Street cabinet-maker George Oakley, whose “Manufactory and Magazine for fashionable Furniture” was patronized by George IV, then Prince Regent. Exotic woods, such as calamander, or zebra wood, from the British colonies (most likely India) was popular during the Regency period in England.


The design of this desk with a stepped superstructure is traditionally associated with Carlton House, the London residence of the Prince Regent, later King George IV. The fashion for furniture in the “Grecian” taste inlaid in the “buhl” manner was a specialty of the Bond Street cabinet-maker George Oakley, whose “Manufactory and Magazine for fashionable Furniture” was patronized by George IV, then Prince Regent. Exotic woods, such as calamander, or zebra wood, from the British colonies (most likely India) was popular during the Regency period in England.

Provenance

About 2000, Hotspur, Ltd. (dealer), London. About 2000, purchased by Horace Wood Brock, Gloucester, MA; 2012, gift of Horace Wood Brock to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 27, 2013)

Credit Line

Gift of Horace Wood Brock