Coleman invited to view unique Apsley House desk
Coleman Insurance Brokers Private Clients division provide cover for a wide range of often rare or entirely one off articles, particularly when it comes to jewellery, art, antiques and in the case of this featured, stunning item, furniture.
Steven Risk, CEO at Coleman was recently invited to a private viewing of the entirely unique Apsley House desk. The desk, which reflects the architectural elegance of one of London’s finest residences and demonstrates an outstanding combination of traditional and modern cabinet-making techniques, has cover arranged for it by Coleman as part of a private collection.
Apsley House itself was design by Robert Adam between 1771-78 and became the London home of the Duke of Wellington whilst he was Prime Minister. The top floor is still used by his descendants as a London residence.
The desk, which is a one-off piece designed by David Linley as part of his Extraordinary Furniture series, is superbly handcrafted in French walnut and ebony, with nickel-plated detailing. It features a scaled replica of Apsley House along with the architecture of Decimus Burton’s Hyde Park Corner Screen all faithfully and skilfully hand crafted.
The desks writing surface is inset with exquisite hand-tooled leather and the three drawers at the front are embellished with a three-dimensional representation of stucco work in walnut, along with nickel-plated locks produced by J. Braham & Sons who were responsible for much of the metalwork within Apsley House itself.
The desk contains a number of secret drawers, with the craftsmanship being to such a standard that they are impossible to see without knowledge their location. The roof of the House on the desk is hinged and lifts to reveal a unique porcelain plaque, commissioned by Linley from the Manufacture de Sèvres in Paris. The plaque features a reproduction of the political cartoon ‘A Wellington Boot’ and celebrates Apsley House as the home of one of the finest collections of Sèvres porcelain in the World.
The desk truly is an incredible example of craftsmanship and design. Coleman are very proud to be able to arrange cover for this stunning, intricately produced and truly unique piece of furniture and are thankful for the opportunity to view it.