A rare English Victorian Papier Mache, Mother of Pearl and paint decorated lady's writing cabinet/desk. Mid 19th century, in the manner of Jennens and Bettridge. Inlaid and painted with Gothic castles and landscapes. Lower drawers were fitted for sewing on a scroll trestle base.
An ingenious Victorian Metamorphic Combination Table, Desk and Chair (shown open and closed above) was made of oak around the 1850s, after a design by Stephen Hedges. Other similar examples are housed in museums in New York and New Orleans.