GOOD TUNBRIDGE-WARE DESK STAND

Price: £520
Stock No. 5094/k

A good quality mid-Victorian Tunbridge-ware DESK STAND (sometimes known as a “standish”) complete with a lidded box to the centre flanked by the original pair of cut-glass ink bottles.  To the front is the dished section for pens, pencils etc., and it stands on four solid rosewood compressed bun feet. Original makers label can be found underneath (see additional image). 12ins wide; 9ins deep front-to-back. c1865-1880

** Tunbridgeware is the form of decorative inlaid woodwork, typically in the form of boxes etc., which originated in the Kent towns of Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells.  Started in the mid-18th century the decoration consists of a mosaic marquetry of many small pieces of differently-coloured wood to form pictorial vignettes and borders. Essentially this was a cottage industry with nine makers in Tunbridge Wells and one in Tonbridge. By 1880 the numbers declined; the only survivor (which closed in 1927) was Boyce, Brown & Kemp, who made this Deskstand.

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