Art Deco Desk
An Art Deco Desk by Betty Joel. Satin birch veneered with macassar ebony banding to base. Glass mirrored top with original ivory hand carved shell handles.
Dimensions: H 76.5cm W 167cm D 50cm
Date: Circa 1930
Betty Joel was one of London's leading furniture retailers and designers in the 1920's and 1930's.
At the end of the First World War, together with her husband, Betty Joel set up a furniture making firm in South Hayling, near Portsmouth, with a showroom in London. They employed yacht fitters to make simple, functional furniture in teak and oak to Betty Joel's own designs, and by the late 20's she had established a distinctive style, making use of simple, unadorned curved edges which she said echoed "the Feminine form.
The firm won many contracts to decorate libraries, board rooms, shops and hotels, including those in the Savoy Group. Among her private clients were Lord Louis Mountbatten and Winston Churchill.
She retired from business in 1937.
Item Number: 1011236
Ivory Submission Reference: AFT76WM8
All of our furniture is extensively polished and restored where necessary to the highest standards.