An important and rare mid 18th century Palladian period carved mahogany kneehole writing desk, having a rectangular top with moulded edge above a frieze with long single drawer applied with exquisitely carved drapes and tassels centred by a female mask, revealing a writing slide and compartments beneath, above a central arched recess with single door revealing a single shelf and flanked by four graduated drawers at each side with later ornate brass handles and divided by a finely carved guilloche border between the first and second tier of short drawers concealing a secret drawer; on acanthus scroll feet with concealed brass castors, and the sides fitted with the original ornate brass lifting handles.
Literature: Illustrated: M. Harris & Sons, ‘Catalogue and Index of Old Furniture and Works of Decorative Art’, Part II 1730-1780, 1925, p. 205.
.Collection of Sir James Horlick, Cowley Manor, Gloucestershire; M. Harris & Sons, London; Private collection, New York.
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