There are desks… and then, SOMETIMES, there are DASHING vintage desks like this one by American of Martinsville!!!!! This is an absolutely stunning desk comprised of a gorgeous maple colored exotic wood featuring a windowpane or shoji screen front with three drawers on the left side, a pull open door with red painted space & a shelf on the right, an asymmetrical top with black painted edges, a black cylindrical bar or stretcher in the knee hole, and four fabulous black painted splayed legs. It is INCREDIBLE!! Try as we may, we have been unable to find this line or collection made by American of Martinsville which lead us to believe that it could have been a custom-made piece. It has a marvelous all-over patina which we love and think just increases its classic vintage charm. Including a darkened area on the back of the drawer cabinet which we thought at first may have been stained, but it is in fact the color of the natural wood grain. Kind of a sultry, unique appearance. It is definitely going to make a bold statement in your home office, study, or den whether your design aesthetic leans to mid-century modern, Art Deco, or has an Asian flair. And because it is finished beautifully on all sides, it will float with an attractive presence in any room you choose.
American of Martinsville was established in 1906 in Martinsville, Virginia by tobacco manufacturers, Ancil Witten, and Charles Keesee. Early on they produced only bedroom furniture. In the 1920s they expanded their production to include dining room furniture and by the end of the 1950s were vast in their offerings in purpose and style. With the expansion of travel and roadside motels, they began offering a mass-produced line for the many motels popping up across the country and continued this through the end of the 20th century. In 2000 they were acquired by La-Z-Boy Incorporated and today specialize in furniture for the hotel and healthcare industries.
Don’t let this gorgeous vintage desk by American of Martinsville slip through your fingers!! Make it yours!!