GEORGE II PERIOD OAK CHILD’S SIZE SLANT FRONT DESK
England, circa mid-to-late 18th century
Item # 801UTP31
A rare and delightful find in this diminutive size, this gorgeous George II period slant front desk was likely crafted for a child. It is a beautiful object and has survived in very good overall condition, retaining the original brasses and untouched structure; the finish is not original but is quite early with a silky rubbed patina throughout. A pair of small lopers withdraw from the case with original brass loops to support the fall front, this opening over a pair of original cast iron hinges to reveal a fitted interior of five pidgeon-hole slots over three small drawers.
Three full width graduated drawers slide over drawer blades that through-tenon into either side of the case; the use of exposed joinery in the case is relatively uncommon for English craftsmanship and quite interesting, the dovetailing of the sides of the case into the top board also on full display. It is a gorgeous little piece and a rare find.
Measurements: 22 3/4” W x 14 1/2” D x 31 3/4” H, writing area is 16 1/2” W x 24” D x 23 1/2” H from the ground
Retaining original brasses, no key; original hinges on fall front. Old inactive pest damage in a few places. Scars and scuffs to surface. Pidgeon-hole valences possible replaced. Rear feet supports replaced.