Tuesday, February 3, 2015
An Antique Mahogany Desk
I'm sitting at this desk and in this chair right now. Gotta say, it's pretty awesome for blogging. The piece is antique, about 1890-1910 as the lines are decidedly Arts and Crafts movement, but the material- solid mahogany- harkens back to the Victorian era, with a twinge of empire elegance. I've only worked on a few pieces that had solid mahogany tops, and this is the one and only piece I've ever come across that is solid mahogany throughout- even the secondary wood of the drawer, typically pine or poplar, is mahogany. The quality of construction and unique details make me wonder if it might have been hand made by a craftsman. I sanded, stained, and sealed the top and shelf, and painted the rest in a rich deep gray. I also added turned wood knobs to the drawer, as it had never had pulls before. It was so difficult to open, and so well disguised without the pulls, that it may have originally been meant to be a secret drawer. The desk comes with a matching antique solid oak office chair from the same period.