Vintage french industrial desk

Posted by on Jul 7, 2017 in desks, dressing tables & washstands, vintage & retro | 0 comments

Vintage french industrial desk

1960’s french metal desk                £350 Stylish vintage french metal desk from the sixties. It’s coated in green vinyl (fairly easy to strip off if wanted) with metal trims. It has 5 drawers, one of which takes hanging files, and a pull out flap for, I don’t know, officey things. Biscuits? It has a little label declaring its birth in Dunkirk, with a charming 3 digit telephone number.. Plenty of wear and tear, mainly to the vinyl which is a bit rippled and scuffed in places, but acceptable enough. One drawer is a bit rusty inside but not structurally. Few drill holes where stuff had been screwed on. dimensions: 156cm x 81cm x 77cm high free delivery to Hastings, Bexhill and Eastbourne; approx £30 by courier to Brighton, Ashford, Maidstone, Haywards Heath, Canterbury and most of Sussex and Kent. For London and further afield ask for a...

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antique carved oak cupboard made from 17th century panels

Posted by on Jun 22, 2013 in classic, cupboards and wardrobes, desks, dressing tables & washstands, dressers and sideboards, zdon't look | 0 comments

antique carved oak cupboard made from 17th century panels

A beautiful and interesting piece, this; it’s an antique oak cupboard sideboard thing with two doors, two drawers and a huge great slab of slate on top, and a raised backplate behind. But the carvings on the doors and sides and every other part are just something else. At first I thought it was a very fine Victorian copy of an older piece, but then I realised (with help from some accomplices..) that it is almost certainly made up from much earlier panels, possibly from an old coffer or bed heads, or both. We’re talking late 1600’s here, or early 1700’s anyway. Absolutely stunning carvings all over it. I particularly like the oak leaves on the bottom friezes, though these are somewhat damaged. There’s plenty of wear and tear on this, which is hardly surprising, given its age, and it just adds to the overall feeling, I think. The slate has got etched in a few places by something. It could be polished and dressed with oil but it’s just fine as it is. There’s a lot of little white fossils in it, too, which is a bit good.. I’ve done as little as possible to this, in terms of restoration. I treated it for woodworm, just in case. Structurally, I had to play around with the feet to make it level; it had been adapted for a very uneven floor, I expect, and rather clumsily at that. There was a bit of minor glueing and pinning but other than that, I just carefully cleaned it to a dull shine, trying not to remove too much of the dark, aged look. If you wanted, you could lighten it to a warm brown with a bit of a rub, and wax or oil it. It would look wonderful, but I’ve worked on the principle that you can take it away, but you can’t put it back and, currently, it is perfect for a properly restored mediaeval timber framed house. Someone please buy this who loves it as much as I do.. dimensions: 140cm x 63cm x 100cm (75cm to slate top)                                                    £1200 free delivery to hastings and eastbourne, brighton, tunbridge wells, ashford etc…Sussex, Kent, Surrey, London and further afield,  please ask for a quote....

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