A Fine Irish Rosewood Rise and Fall Davenport


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+44 (0)7771 682942


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A Fine Irish Rosewood Rise and Fall Davenport

A Fine Irish Rosewood Davenport dating from 1840-1850. Constructed using the finest rosewood veneers. The desktop of serpentine form has an inclined lifting top with inset leather surface. The beautifully constructed rise and fall interior consists of two banks of four graduating drawers flanking central gothic arches with drawers above. The pigeonhole arches are finely made with detailed column and base. The galleried top formed of pretty spindles representing an architectural balustrade. This ingenious design allows for the fitted interior to rise up when in use by the press of a button and likewise be pushed down for storage if so wished. Both the pigeonholes and drawers provide useful storage. Kneehole opening height is 24 inches. The desktop stands on a base section with arched panels, one of which being a door enclosing four secret drawers. The desktop is further supported to its front by the finest of cabriole legs. Having exceptional carving to their tops and especially the knee section, with naturalistic decoration of petals and blossoms. Terminating on finely carved and detailed claw and ball feet. The whole standing on recessed castors. This desk owes its name to a Captain Davenport who was the first to commission the design, from Gillows of Lancaster near the end of the 18th century. It was also extremely popular through the 19th Century and had many different designs. Having dealt in Davenports for thirty years we have seen a decline in their value with the invention of desktop computers, emails and the decline of the written letter. Now like a 'Phoenix Rising From The Ashes' they are rightfully gaining popularity with the invention of tablets and iPads. They are compact, therefore ideal for people short on space. Perfectly angled for writing, typing or reading. Packed with functional storage yet exquisit to look at. We feel this is one of the finest you will find so making it a sound investment and heirloom.


  • H: 89cm (35.04in)
  • W: 69cm (27.17in)
  • D: 58cm (22.83in)


Circa 1840

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Hello, my name is Miles and I would like to welcome you to my store Tinker & Toad.

We are a family run business in the heart of the beautiful Sussex countryside. We deal in an eclectic mix of antique and modern furniture, architectural salvage, re-worked industrial lighting, decorative arts and a carefully selected choice of paintings and modern art.

We have a bricks and mortar shop in Heathfield, East Sussex where we always welcome first-time buyers, collectors and interior designers. We have retailed from the shop for 18 years and took over the premises ourselves in 2015 and have seen a gradual increase on returning customers. We pride ourselves on giving a personal, friendly shopping experience and hope you will arrive a stranger, but leave as a friend.

With our love of both antique and modern interiors, we enjoy helping our customers to furnish a space, whether it's a loft apartment, a club, a cottage or a castle. We have supplied many wonderful customers, including Soho House, The Box Club London, Elmore Court Gloucestershire, Bonnington House Scotland and the Ned Hotel London. I am happy to take a phone call seven days a week, 8am to 8pm or feel free to pop me over an email. We look forward to hearing from you.

Warmest regards, Miles.

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