Portable desk by David Morley of Carmarthen
Mahogany with boxwood edging inscribed beneath drawer
“Thos Jenkins Landilo fecit May 24 1794 at Mr Morley’s cabt makers Carmn”
Carmarthenshire dated 1794
22¼″ wide x 8¼″high x 11″deep (when closed)
David Morley was born in Carmarthen in 1760 he was apprenticed in 1774 until 1780 to John Owen a Manchester cabinet maker. On his return to Carmarthen in the 1780′s he set up his own business in Lammas Street and was described as “cabinet manufactory and looking-glass warehouse”. Morley was patronised by the large and prospering middle-class trade of Carmarthenshire and by leading local families such as the Vaughan, Cawdor, Lewis and Mansell. This portable desk is the earliest signed piece discovered to date. A portrait of David Morley and items of his furniture can be seen at Carmarthen County Museum, Abergwili, Carmarthenshire.
Information on David Morley by Luke Millar.