Sn5493 Superb quality and very attractive, late Victorian flamed cylinder bureau by Maples & Co, having fine carved gallery to top above three mahogany lined and satinwood crossbanded drawers fitted with original brass handles and cylinder front which open to reveal small drawers, pigeon holes, two inkwells, pen tray and leather writing section, the base having long frieze drawer flanked by two small drawers, all fitted with original brass handles, crossbanded and mahogany lined standing on elegant inlaid legs terminating in spade feet, all polished and inlaid throughout enabling free standing. This fantastic desk retains its original finish, colour and patina, all in home ready condition. c1890
H43.5″-max H28.5″-writing surface W36.5″ D21 1/4″ D29″-writing section open
H111cm-max H73cm-writing surface W92cm D54cm D74cm-wrtitng section open
Maple & Co was established by John Maple and continued by his son John Blundell. The company was most prolific in the late Victorian and Edwardian era, specialising in fine quality furniture, designed and produced in their own workshops. By the 1880s they were the largest furniture store in the world, exported their fine furniture to every continent. Maples manufactured their luxury furniture entirely in-house, at a huge modern complex in Tottenham Court Road. A timber importer and furniture exporter, they landed prestigious contracts furnishing fine houses, hotels, embassies etc. Among them Tsar Nicholas’s Winter Palace and the Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna. Never compromising on quality, Maples produced a huge catalogue of fine furniture, covering every avenue of interior design.