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This kneehole desk was commissioned by a client who had spotted the original in a magazine article and wanted an exact copy.

It is in burr elm with laburnum feet, cross-banding and mouldings, period brass fittings and pewter inlay stringing.

Pewter stringing was a favoured technique of John Coxed who is thought to have produced the original.





The desk lock is hand engraved with a swan to reflect the address of John Coxed


A short history of John Coxed

John Coxed (also G.Coxed and Thomas Woster) The White Swan, St. Paul‚€™s Churchyard, London.       c.1700-1736.

A number of labelled pieces survive, mostly bureaux, secretaires, desks.

Typically veneered with burr walnut, maple or elm, occasionally stained to resemble tortoiseshell. Some pieces are cross banded in Kingwood, also pewter stringing was employed in some. The later probably influenced by Gerrit Jensen who introduced such continental features into England at the end of the 17th. century.

A Mr. Hayes, Upholsterer was the first to occupy the premises following its use as a bookshop for the previous hundred and fifty odd years. John Coxed occupied the premises for the first decade of the 18th. century, followed by ‚€˜G Coxed & T Woster‚€™ at the same address, it is assumed to have been a continuation of the same firm, as pieces labled from either occupation are similar in style. Laterly Coxed & Woster widened their output to include the usual range of cabinet pieces of the time as well as more ordinary wainscot work. The address remained in use as a cabinet works, most likely as the same firm under differing principals, untill the end of the century