This magnificent desk was first introduced at the 1876 Philadelphia. Marketed to the public as theThe King of Desks! Wooton in 1878, it was the prized and highly sought after desk of all the 19th century's high powered business moguls, such as Rockefeller, Pulitzer, and Gould. Completely machine made, it was usually made from black walnut with the contrasting lighter wood on the interior being pine, satinwood, or maple. There were four grades of desks - the Ordinary, The Standard, The Extra, and The Superior.
The level of ornamentation increased. At the height of its popularity, this desk was done in the Renaissance Revival style but later, in the 1880s, the desk took on the aesthetic of Charles Eastlake and the Aesthetic Movement. They became much more simple and with more of a focus on the beauty of the wood than on any man-made ornamentation.Wooton left his company in 1884 to become a full time Protestant clergyman. The hardware is bronze and there are 58 different cubbies and drawers inside the desk.
The doors swing open and lie flush against the sides of the central piece and can be closed again and locked. The entire left door is designed for paper storage.
Beneath the work surface there are three supply drawers. Above, there are small flat file drawers. All of the drawers have hand-cut dovetail joints These were still done by hand until the very early 1900s. It has a pull out work surface, with separate supports, and there are cubbies designed for normal writing paper and some designed for portfolio/drawing sized pieces. There is a single cubby with a door on the right side, as well as more cubbies.
It sits on casters, disguised. As paw feet, and has a simple leaf motif border carved on the outer doors.
This desk measures 62 1/2" high, 45" wide, 22 deep. It weighs approximately 200 lbs. While this piece is in unbelievable good shape, it does show some signs of both current wear and past repair, from age and use. The cubby door has had its closing mechanism updated to a more modern style and had a large crack repaired.
Two out of the four casters (both rear) have been replaced. The lock is original but the key has been replaced.Please consult images, and call or message with any questions. The item "Wooton Style Aesthetic Movement Walnut Cabinet Secretary Desk, circa 1884" is in sale since Wednesday, December 13, 2017. This item is in the category "Antiques\Furniture\Desks & Secretaries\1800-1899". The seller is "powersurplustreasure" and is located in Athens, Georgia.
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