An extremely rare and important mid 18th century Chippendale period serpentine shaped mahogany partner's desk, retaining the original black blind tooled leather insert within a crossgrain moulded edge, above two drawers in the frieze with an arched kneehole below and a further three graduated drawers each side, and having the same arrangement on the reverse side, all retaining their original ornate brass handles; on a moulded plinth terminating in ogee bracket feet.
Note: Only very few examples of serpentine shaped desks survive.

Literature: Percy Macquoid and Ralph Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, revised edition, 1954, vol III, p. 250, fig 22.
F. Lewis Hinckley, A Directory of Queen Anne, Early Georgian and Chippendale Furniture, 1971, p. 219, pl. 175.


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