Lot 898 View Catalog
American Renaissance Revival Burled Walnut and Walnut Roll-Top Desk, with rotary pedestals, fourth quarter 19th century, retaining the brass plaque "The Shannon Co. Limited, Shannon Desk, London, Made in America", with an S-curve tambour door opening to reveal an interior fitted with drawers and storage niches, the writing surface with an inset gilt-tooled leather top, over a band of three drawers, each pedestal with a rotary section opening to reveal paired banks of four drawers, the front, sides and back of the desk fitted with burled walnut panels, h. 47", w. 60", d. 34-1/2". By the 1880's, furniture was the largest export item from the United States. The rotary pedestals are similar to those employed by Shannon's competition, the Wooten Desk Company. The firm's extensive use of lacewood as an interior wood is an indication of the firm's adaptation to the tastes of the English market.