Scarce British rosewood dressing table /desk designed by Christopher Cattle 1965
We’ve had this model only once before , and also had a couple of matching chests and a pair of bedsides from this range before , but didn’t know the maker or the designer as they weren’t labelled . When we were doing some research at The British Library a year ago we found them illustrated in a 1965 trade paper and discovered the maker was a company called Walnut Cabinet Works and that the designed was Christopher Cattle . We’re just published a blog about this . Walnut Cabinet Works was an old established maker of bedroom suites who at the time were making only traditional Queen Anne style suites but were looking to diversify and make a contemporary model . The range was called Olympus and as it was a premium product it wouldn’t have sold in large numbers .
As we sell a lot of kneehole dressing tables without mirrors as shallow desks we’ve shown it with and without mirrors . The quality of construction is similar to what you’d expect from a premium brand at the time so it’s comparable to pieces by Archie Shine , A Younger and Fyne Ladye Furniture .
It’s currently in good slightly faded vintage condition with no obvious marks or bad scratches . If you want it cleaned and re-polished and back to it’s original colour , our in-house restorer can do this for an extra £200 .
The matching stool only slots in on it’s side , a feature found with A Younger Codan stools and dressing tables . If sold with the dressing table it would add £250 to the price .
A smaller version of this piece sold on Ebay recently as a desk for considerably more than we’re asking for this lovely piece .