Monday, September 5, 2011


American Victorian Eastlake Davenport Desk in walnut and walnut burl, modeled after a design created in the early 19th century by Gillows in London for a ship Captain with the surname of Davenport, providing stylish compact writing and storage, having a capacious molded writing box with a slanted hinged lid surfaced in felt, opening to a cabinet fitted with five open slots in the rear, supported on a case fitted with three small drawers stacked on one side opposing a burled recessed panel, with shaped line-carved buttresses, on a molded plinth, and wooden castors.

The writing box and case are adorned with lined burled panels on three sides individually represented on the drawer fronts. Additionally, the drawer fronts and writing box are each fitted with a key lock, and the drawer fronts are each mounted with a round walnut escutcheon centered above a round ebonized wooden shaped pull capped with a stamped brass rayed medallion.

DATING is from the 1870s. Tulip=poplar secondary wood. Tongue-and-groove joinery with hand-dovetailed drawer boxes. Good condition except that a gallery on the writing box is missing, the slots on the interior of the writing box are replaced, and the felt surface of the writing box is replaced and torn. Rich dark brown finish which is probably original. Measures 30 1/4 " tall, 28 " wide and 24 3/4" deep.


Saturday, January 29, 2011


Tasty! Get a pound of Yellow Split Peas, dried. From Whole Foods. Soak 24 hours in water to cover. They will swell up, they are bigger than green split peas.

Next day, boil in water with some Himalayan Salt (Pink) or Sea Salt. Till tender, doesnt take long.

Let cool and run HALF through a blender to puree.

In seperate pan, brown one large organic onion chopped. In Olive oil. Stir in 1 tsp Curry Powder.
Then add the Pureed Peas and remaining Whole Peas and Liquid.

You can top with chopped scallions or sour cream.