The desk retains the original blind-tooled leather insert and has replaced ornate swan-neck brass handles. Every alternate drawer in the frieze is a dummy drawer; one end drawer is fitted out with compartments and retains a paper label from the Kent Gallery Ltd., London. Each pedestal has three doors; the end doors each reveal a further three graduated drawers, which retain the original swan-neck handles. There are very few 18th century examples of oval pedestal desks in existence.
Literature: Thomas Sheraton, ‘The Cabinet Maker and Upholsterer’s Drawing Book’, 3rd edition, 1802, no. 1, pl. 2. Percy Macquoid and Ralph Edwards, ‘The Dictionary of English Furniture’, revised edition, vol. 3, 1954, p. 252, fig. 27. Christopher Claxton Stevens and Stewart Whittington, ‘18th Century English Furniture: The Norman Adams Collection’, 1983, p. 113.
Kent Gallery Ltd., London, England; Mallett & Son Ltd., London, England; Private collection, Los Angeles, California, USA; Ronald Phillips Ltd., London, England; Private collection, New York, USA.
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