This Carlton House desk is one of many items of furniture in the George III style, which were supplied to Kasteel de Haar by the London firm Maple & Co., which was based in Tottenham Court Road, but also had a branch in the Rue Bourdeau in Paris. Besides most members of the British Royal family, Maple & Co. proudly published in their sale catalogue that their clientèle included 'H.I.M. The Czar of Russia, H.I.M. The Empress of Germany, H.I.M. The Empress Eugenie', but also 'The Royal Family of the Netherlands', and even 'H.M. The King of Siam'.
This desk corresponds to the 'Exceptionally Fine Satinwood Inlaid "Carlton" Writing Table', which is listed as 1007 B in the 'Drawing-room furniture' section of the sale catalogue and cost 30 Pounds