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Desk
  • Desk
    Maufe, Edward Brantwood Sir, born 1882 - died 1974
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Desk

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1925 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Maufe, Edward Brantwood Sir, born 1882 - died 1974 (designer)
    Rowcliffe, W. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mahogany carcase, with ebony writing and top surfaces, gessoed and gilded with white gold, with haldu wood footrest and feet, and ivory, rock crystal and silk handles

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Prudence, Lady Maufe

  • Museum number:

    Circ.898-1968

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This desk was exhibited at the Paris Art Deco exhibition of 1925. Although its shimmering silver surfaces are typically Art Deco in style, its simplified kneehole desk form and its bun feet are features of traditional British furniture. Edward Maufe designed this desk for the Paris exhibition, but we do not know the exact details of how it was commissioned. Maufe's wife, Prudence, was chief buyer for Heal's department store in London, which was known for pioneering modern furniture. She was responsible for the arrangement of the British Government Pavilion at the Art Deco exhibition.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1925 (made)

Artist/maker

Maufe, Edward Brantwood Sir, born 1882 - died 1974 (designer)
Rowcliffe, W. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Mahogany carcase, with ebony writing and top surfaces, gessoed and gilded with white gold, with haldu wood footrest and feet, and ivory, rock crystal and silk handles

Dimensions

Height: 107 cm, Width: 134.3 cm, Depth: 53 cm

Object history note

Object sampling carried out by Jo Darrah, V&A Science; drawer/slide reference 6/5.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Wilk, Christopher, ed. . Western Furniture 1350 to the Present Day. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1996. p.202-3, ill. ISBN 085667463X.

Subjects depicted

Pilasters

Categories

Furniture

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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