An exceptional Edwardian mahogany and satinwood line inlaid bonheur du jour desk by Edward and Roberts. The stepped cornice with three quarter pierced brass gallery supported on bevelled glazed upper section with glass shelved interior, raised above cylinder top with exquisite centred classical and musical marquetry motifs flanked with scrolling foliate, opening to reveal a fitted interior and gilt embossed green tooled leather writing skiver surface supported on slender tapering square leg joined with shaped concave stretcher terminating on spade foot.
Edward & Roberts
Edward and Roberts were founded in 1845, and had premises at 21 Wardour Street London. By 1892 they occupied more than a dozen buildings in Wardour Street, where they continued to trade until the end of the century. They became one of the leading London cabinet makers and retailers working in a variety of styles, both modern and revivalist. Edward and Roberts specialized in marquetry, inlay and ormolu.
S. & H. Jewell
S. and H. Jewell were fine quality cabinet makers who were established in 1830. They were a family business who worked from their premises at 29-31, Little Queen Street, Holborn, in London and then later to Parker Street, London. W.C.2. They are recorded to have sold furniture to the Arts and Crafts home, Standen House, East Grinstead, Sussex.