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This piece is being sold UNDER CONSIGNMENT by a new regular iNVISeDGE seller located in Castlemaine, Victoria (approx. 121km North of Melbourne) however local delivery to Castlemaine and Bendigo can be easily arranged for $50. Alternatively, delivery to Melbourne of this one would be around $140 depending on your location and the logistics of the delivery. Interstate delivery can also be arranged by a business that’s had 20-years experience at it. Delivery to Sydney would be around $230 (just to give you a rough idea of cost for interstate delivery).
Background Information and Provenance
Written in 2020
This beautifully-restored writing desk was manufactured by a Melbourne company in the late-1950s or early-1960s. I’d say it was done by one of the boutique firms operating at the time as I haven’t come across this design before. The manufacturer’s stamp is still there in the top drawer, but time has made it too difficult to read fully. It has a Rosando Brothers air to it with its splayed angular legs and pull-out extensions, but I don’t think it was done by Rosando. What is clear though is the quality of the piece. Beautifully constructed of SOLID Tasmanian Myrtle (no shitty Parker chipboard & veneer here), the side panels of the desk are veneer (over timber), the top, drawer fronts, slide-out extensions and trims are solid hardwood. This piece was built to stand the test of time and has! Many mid-century pieces have been made out of chipboard with a thin teak veneer finish that can lift, bubble and chip- NOT this one. The solid timber construction here means it’s ready to be of service in its next happy home … and I can also see this one being passed onto yet another generation too! Good honest construction using REAL timber- no plastic laminate here and it hasn’t been flat-packed overseas and shipped here wrapped in copious amounts of bubble-wrap and cardboard that ends up as our landfill. This piece hails back to a by-gone era that we’d love to see Australia return back to! Constructive industry and meaningful employment for our people.
But it’s the practicality on offer here that reigns supreme- plenty of storage- the big drawcard is that this is intelligent storage too. There are normal-sized drawers plus a file-drawer- this design feature is commonly sought-after but rarely found. And those pull-out side extensions … just perfect! Get that little workstation-thing happening in your home with all the space your need. And at the end of the day simply file it all away to turn your workstation into a peaceful sanctuary- use your computer in your leisure-time without work calling for you! Let the kids use the computer after work-hours without worrying about them interfering with your work.
With the changes the world has seen in 2020, this type of thing has been in high demand but getting desks with this level of appeal has been a challenge to say the least. iNVISeDGE followers have been requesting vintage desks to use at home during recent lock-downs but they’re just not coming up. Who would want to let something like this go in these times? A new seller who will be selling regularly in iNVISeDGE presented us with this find- I fast-tracked her to the front of the queue. Miss this piece and who knows how long before something similar will come your way again!
And lucky for you, all the hard work has already been done too. The stunning Tasmanian Myrtle seems to just glow in the light. Our vendor has loved breathing new life and love into this one. The timber-top, drawer fronts and handles have all been lovingly stripped, sanded-back and coated with three coats of highly durable Haymes Tung Oil Finish, a product that will ensure that the timber stays looking as perfect as it does today for a lifetime. What we love most about a Tung Oil Finish is that there’s no colour stain whatsoever in the product—the Tung oil draws out the existing oils in the wood to reveal its own natural beauty. Our vendor gets really excited every time she’s about to apply this product to sanded wood because no-one ever knows exactly what will be revealed—the colours and depth of shine that come up can be quite unexpected. In this case the SOLID timber has a golden-honey glow, it is luminous and absolutely stunning! This is nature at its finest and the love and attention given to the piece by a REAL person (as opposed to a machine) further heightens the appeal.
Quality vintage desks made by artisans are rare as hen’s teeth these days- flat-packed modern plastic-laminate things are often seen out in the weather waiting for council curb-side collection. This piece represents a smart financial investment, an investment into the future of this planet (after-all it has already evaded landfill for about 60 years!) plus when you buy through iNVISeDGE you’re supporting SMALL business and a future where local constructive industry is valued again. It’s a win for you, for our earth AND our local community!