Writing desk, Arthur Blain, Liverpool c.1840

Arthur Blain
Liverpool, 1840 ca.

Description:

Writing desk in rosewood supported by twisted uprights framing pinnacle turned elements, they rest on feet equipped with wheels, connected by a central crossbar padded in leather. In the undertop band there are two drawers, which can be opened from both sides, one of which has a liftable writing top with a leather insert.
It features โ€œA. Blain, Liverpool โ€in five different points.

Dimensions: 137 x 73.5 x 66 cm

CODE: ANTASC0132242

Historical-stylistic analysis:

This desk, beautifully built with precious materials, is the work of Arthur Blain, a craftsman from Liverpool, as reported by the stamps on the cabinet. In fact, Blain founded his own cabinet-making business in Liverpool at 35 Paradise Street starting from 1835, stamping his first works in the manner known to us. Only later, with the takeover of his son William in the company and the production of Victorian-style works, the signature was changed to โ€œA. Blain & Sons “. It was William himself who continued, until 1909, the work of his father, who passed away in 1868.
The production of the atelier is characterized by the use of hard woods, such as mahogany, walnut or rosewood.

Bibliography:

– The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, 1660-1840, Beard & Giblert, Maney, 1986.

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