Desks and Bureaus
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Painted Leather and Wood Drop-Front Desk on Stand with Matching Chair | 1923-1934 | U.S.A.
Spanish Colonial Revival drop-front secretary high desk on stand, also known as a vargueno or bargueno.
This painted trunk, or chest, style of desk, or escritorio, is a mix of Spanish and Oriental designs that originated in Europe in the late 16th century and remained popular from that time onward in the Spanish Colonial Empire.
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The desk measures 42" wide x 18.75" deep x 50.5" high with a 27.25" knee clearance.
The chair measures 18.75" wide x 14" deep x 33" high. The seat measures 18" wide x 13.25" deep and 21" high from floor to seat.
Late 18th Century English Georgian Mahogany Kneehole Desk With Drawers and Cabinets
Georgian kneehole desk made in England of West Indian Mahogany wood circa 1760 has a flat top over three frieze drawers and two pedestal cabinets with one removable interior shelf each.
This type of George III desk would have been used in a home library and study, and, later, for use in an office. These desks are also known as library tables.
The kneehole desk was first made in England in the early 1700s. The construction techniques are consistent with those of quality cabinet makers in London in the 18th century.
The drawer backs are set lower than the sides to prevent "chatter" on the dustboards when withdrawn and are joined with courser through-dovetails. The drawer bottom boards run side to side. The drawer fronts are joined with dovetails and feature cock-beading at the edges, a technique applied to furniture by 1760.
The cabinet doors unlatch by turning the knobs.
The desk is on casters for moving easily.
Multiple business stamps may be seen in the center drawer. They read : "John Stead, Solicitor, 36 Dale Street, Liverpool". This information indicates the desk was used in the offices of the historic Prudential Assurance Building designed by Liverpool architect Alfred Waterhouse and constructed in 1885-1886. The building now houses the Social Security and Child Support Tribunal.
55" wide x 22.5" deep x 30.25" high
Shapland & Petter Ltd. Of Barnstaple Inlaid Mahogany Drop-Front Parlor Desk
This beautiful flame-cut mahogany drop-front secretary desk / bureau is created in the style of J.S. Henry.
The mahogany wood is inlaid with intarsia trim and dyed white holly or sycamore for the Art Nouveau tulips.
Solid copper repousse strap hinges and brass escutcheons add further decorative interest.
Original keys to locking desk front and cabinet doors are included.
The feet are in the distinct Shapland & Petter spade design. Outfitted inside with embossed leather insert on desktop, two spaces for square inkwells, a space for writing pens, a drawer, and spaces for correspondence.
Top inset with stained, leaded glass window.
56" H x 42" W x 16.5" D
Secretary Desk and Cocktail Cabinet | Biedermeier Replica | Lyre Form
Replica of early 19th century secretary, or fall front, desk ( secrétaire à abattant ) in the French Empire / Viennese and Austrian Biedermeier style finished with mahogany veneers and chased brass mounts.
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39ʺW × 23ʺD × 61ʺH
Lady's Writing Desk | Maple & Co. | England | 1885-1895
Late nineteenth century English rosewood writing table enriched with inlaid work by Maple & Company.
The curved board across the top is inlaid at the center with a satinwood urn and scrolled acanthus leaves.
The geometric shaped rosewood top rests upon two cupboards and an arcaded recess with a beveled mirror back, turned supports, and brass gallery.
The cabinet doors are inlaid with satinwood urns and acanthus arabesques. The doors lock and come with keys. The left cabinet interior features two standard shelves and the right cabinet interior features three vertical pigeon holes for correspondence.
The writing surface is inset with black leather embossed on the edges with a Greek key motif.
Below the writing surface are two frieze drawers constructed with fine hand-cut dovetailing and hand-planed bottoms. The drawer pulls are a bail type on geometric Aesthetic Movement pierced and chased brass scutcheons.
The square tapered legs end in brass casters.
Inlaid satinwood banding accents the cabinet doors, the writing surface, the drawer fronts, the legs, and the desk edges.
This model of writing table was sold by Maple & Company, England and was featured in their catalogue from 1885 to 1895.
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35.75ʺW × 17.75ʺD × 42.5ʺH
Secretary Desk | Netherlands
Dutch Colonial Serpentine Bombe Bureau / Slant Drop Front Desk in Burr Cut Walnut Veneers with Hairy Paw and Ball Feet.
The desk was made post-World War II, in the 1950s and is a recreation of early-18th century styles popular during the William and Mary, Queen Anne, and Early Georgian periods. The bureau is very well constructed.
44ʺW × 20ʺD × 40ʺH