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The Ultimate Reincarnated Victorian Desk

Jorge Arango

In 2008, when the hammer fell at Sotheby’s London on an elaborate 1880s parcel gilt partner’s desk, the price was almost 50,000 pounds (about $82,000). Those who missed out on the bidding and lost their chance to own this elegant antique now have access to an exact replica, being produced in a limited edition of 50 by the U.K.-based firm Jonathan Charles. Made with inlaid satinwood veneers, its inverted bow-front form is embellished with a hand-carved gilded ribbon edge and a leather writing surface. Its drawers have cedar wood interiors, and there are two secret compartments that pop up from that surface. The decorative hardware is all hand-cast in England. It retails for about $41,000. (252.446.3266, www.jonathancharlesfurniture.com)

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