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Black Japanned Desk With Landscapes And Birds C1890

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Lovely Black Japanned Desk with Landscapes And Birds C1890 Artist Fanchon Frohlich

Once the desk of the late artist Fanchon Frohlich – we will pass over numerous letters, a photo of Fanchon and peacock feathers which belonged in the desk to the next owner. We’ve seen an image, via BADA showing the desk at her Liverpool home perched on the landing at the top of the stairs.

Fanchon Fröhlich, who lived and worked in Liverpool from 1949 until her death in 2016  graduated in The Philosophy of Science from the University of Chicago and, following post-graduate courses in Linguistics Philosophy at Oxford University and in Fine Art at the Liverpool College of Art, she worked with eminent post-war British abstract expressionist artists and printmakers, such as Peter Lanyon in St Ives in the 1950s and William Hayter at Atelier 17 in Paris in the 1960s. Lanyon and Hayter were perhaps the two greatest influences on the expansive, gestural, sweeping qualities in her work, which can be found in collections at The Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and The Bowes Museum in Northumberland.

The desk with its 6 short drawers topped with 1 longer drawer sits in lovely worn condition. The drawer fronts and sides are highly decorative with Kounotri – White Storks symbols of longevity, good fortune and happiness and detailed oriental landscapes.  The green linen top, surrounded by simple painted flower petals is a little frayed, marked and stained with faded paint in places but usable. The drawers are running well and are clean inside with aging. We do have some loss to both sides of the lacquered finish but not fresh.  

An utterly delightful desk with provenance.

Dimensions - Overall: Height 77cm x Width 101.5cm x Depth 54.5cm

Dimensions - Specifically the Kneehole: Height 57.5cm x Width 33cm at Base & 35.5cm between the Pedestals 

Dimensions - Specifically the Long Top Drawer Inner: Height 11cm x Width 83cm x Depth 43cm

Dimensions - Specifically the 3 Short Drawers Inner: Height from Top Down 11cm, 11.5cm & 21cm x Width 25cm & 20.5cm for the Base Drawer x Depth 42cm

Billy Hunt has successfully focused on British furniture and lighting since 2012 and always has an interesting ever changing selection of carefully chosen pieces from the early 1800s to late 1970s. Our base is a large Victorian 2 storey red brick barn on a wonderful traditionally run country estate in Staffordshire. We are able to offer a first class upholstery service and also assistance in interior design if requested.

Our extensive client base covers; the celebrated, interior designers, film companies and ladies and gentlemen like us who enjoy our professional, friendly and knowledgeable approach. If you wish to visit just give us a call or email.

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If in any doubt and /or wish to discuss a piece then please give us a call 01283 617377 / 07768 266266



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Seller Location

Staffordshire, Warwickshire

Item Dimensions

H: 77cm W: 101cm D: 54.5cm



Item Location

United Kingdom

Seller Location

Staffordshire, Warwickshire

Item Location

United Kingdom

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+44 (0)1283 617377

+44 (0)7768 266266

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