English George III Mahogany and Leather Writing Desk
ENGLISH GEORGE III MAHOGANY AND LEATHER WRITING DESK
Circa early-to-mid 19th century
Item # 806NKJ16P
A very attractive writing desk from the first half of the 19th century, the desk features a trio of drawers on the writer’s side and a trio of faux-drawer facades on the reverse. This allows the table to be an exquisite presentation piece in the middle of a room, viewable equally from all sides. The drawers are very finely made with crisp hand dovetailing in the oak secondary woods, each sliding easily in and out of the frieze; they are surrounded by a thin cockbead molding. Noteworthy is the excellent graining flow of the mahogany from one drawer to the next; the woods were impeccably chosen by the craftsman with a careful eye towards how each would enhance the desk. A very pleasing mellowed cognac hue has developed in the mahogany throughout, this under a polished shellac that was likely refreshed in the last century. It is a very fine acquisition for the classical interior, perfectly suited for the library or home office with a large open writing surface that lends itself perfectly to getting real work done.
Measurements: 53 1/2” W x 35 3/8” D x 29 3/8” H
Leather top is replaced. One brass bail pull is replaced. No key. Original castors. Minor scuffs and discolorations to mahogany, apparently refinished during the 20th century; patches to veneer around the leather.