During most of the late Georgian and Victorian erasthe davenport was mainly used by the Lady and would have of a small chest of drawers with a desk on top. The antique davenport desk changed very little in design over the many years it was in production and most antique davenports have four drawers that open at one side and have faux drawer fronts on the opposite side. Above the drawers there is sometimes a pull-out slide to hold papers and some examples have cupboards concealing drawers.
This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. January Mathematician John Couch Adams sitting at a Davenport desk A Davenport desk, sometimes originally known as a Devonport desk  is a small desk with an inclined lifting desktop attached with hinges to the back of the body.
Lifting the desktop accesses a large compartment with storage space for paper and other writing implements, and smaller spaces in the forms of small drawers and pigeonholes.
The Davenport has drawers on one of its sides, which are sometimes concealed by a panel. This stack of side drawers holds up the back of the desk and most of its weight. Overview[ edit ] The front of the desk stands on thick legs or pillars which are often highly carved, somewhat exaggerated, thick cabriole legs, but these are not essential.
The addition of the two legs in front completes the odd effect. This desk owes its name to a Captain Davenport who was the first to commission the design, from Gillows of Lancasternear the end of the 18th century.
In a sense then it could also be considered a Campaign desk though there are no records indicating if Captain Davenport was in the British Army or the Royal Navy.
This desk form was popular during the 19th century. There have been numerous reproductions during the 20th century, and amateur cabinetmakers sometimes consider a Davenport to be an interesting project. The Davenport desk should not be confused with the Davenport sofawhich is usually a modern combination sofa and bed or an antique form of upholstered sofa based on a design conceived at the beginning of the 20th century by a BostonMassachusettscompany called A.4 results for "Davenport Writing Desk" Design Toscano Captain's Davenport Home Office Desk, 33 Inch, Mahogany, Walnut.
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out of 5 stars 9. The antique davenport desk was first recorded in the George III period of the s, in the records of the renowned cabinet maker Gillows of Lancaster and it states ‘Captain Davenport desk’.
It was first built and commissioned for Captain Davenport and this is the first example of this type of small writing desk, now called by the captain’s name. Davenport was the name of a series of sofas made by the Massachusetts furniture manufacturer A. H. Davenport and Company, now srmvision.com to the popularity of the furniture at the time, the name davenport became a genericized trademark.
Bureau: Bureau, in the United States, a chest of drawers; in Europe a writing desk, usually with a hinged writing flap that rests at a sloping angle when closed and, when opened, reveals a tier of pigeonholes, small drawers, and sometimes a small cupboard.
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