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Rare Chinese Export Regency Pearwood (Huanghuali) Davenport


Code: 10533

A rare and exceptional Chinese export Pearwood Davenport.  This beautifully proportioned Davenport dates from the Regency period and is a copy of a model produced by Gillows of Lancaster.  Having solid Pearwood side panels, drawers and top with camphor wood linings.  The lift up writing slope with original leather opens to reveal 4 drawers and storage well, one of the small drawers has sprung loaded handle and when pulled opens the concealed pen and ink tray to the side.  With 2 solid Pearwood pull out slides, all original handles and fittings.  The whole raised on turned feet with inset castors.  Wonderful colour and condition throughout.  Chinese Export for the English Market, Circa 1825.

Dimensions:  Height: 90 cm - 35 1/2 Inches, Width: 49 cm - 19 1/4 Inches, Depth: 55 cm - 21 3/4 Inches

* Huanghuali, or "yellow flowering pear" wood, is a rare species of rosewood, mainly produced in Hainan province and once adorned imperial abodes. It is botanically classified as Dalbergia odorifera. Originally know as huali or hualu, the modifier huang (yellowish-brown) was added in the early twentieth century to describe old huali wood whose surfaces had mellowed to a yellowish tone due to long exposure to light.