A mid-19th century walnut and burr pedestal desk of attractive small proportions, having moulded edge gilt tooled blue leather top. The desk having various graduated drawers, flanked by re-entrant corners supported on moulded plinth base.
A resurgence of popularity in new designs started again in the Victorian period with the introduction of more solid furniture, such as monumental bookcases and pedestal sideboards designed in the Neo-gothic style by eminent architects and designers such as Pugin, William Burges and William Morris. With the new wealth from the industrial revolution, large houses were being built and furnished in their entirety with the new fashionable furniture of the day. Many items of Chippendale "reproductions" were made in this period and most of them over-carved and over proportioned. Mahogany was now the preferred wood and the reintroduction of walnut was popularised for the supply of furniture such as credenzas and balloon back chairs.