Queen Anne Patinated Oak Secretary Desk | England, 18th Century
ITEM #: 906DUB05Z
QUEEN ANNE STYLE OAK SECRETARY DESK
England, composed of 18th century elements
Item # 906DUB05Z
While usually a piece that is composed of older elements does not interest us, this is such a rich and interesting form that was so well executed that it is difficult not to carry it! After all, our goal is always to bring to market objects that are unusual, finely crafted, rich in material and visually compelling for our clients to incorporate into their spaces. The overall patination of the dark oxidized oak is silky and so magnetic that you just have to reach out and touch the cabinet when walking past, something that clearly was done with regularity over the last century and a half.
Built in two parts, the upper has a pair of blind doors with inset tombstone panels that open to a tidy shelved interior. The lower portion is the standard fall-front desk whereby a pair of lopers can be withdrawn from either side and the lid rested on these for a firm writing surface. A gorgeous old brown leather covers the "rent" well, a hidden space that is revealed by sliding back the brown leather writing surface. The desk is organized with a series of pigeon-hole letter slots with scalloped valances over small drawers, all surrounding a single door with a matching "tombstone" paneling.
Beneath the desk is a pair of small drawers over a large pair of stacked drawers, these all crisply hand dovetailed as expected and fitted with period correct brass teardrop pulls. The entire desk is situated over four carved bun feet.
Remaining incredibly sturdy and useful, pieces like this have a wonderful way of breaking up the monotony of a modern interior with texture, contrast and historical surface.
Measurements: 79 1/2" H x 38 5/8" W x 20 3/4" D
Crafted of 17th and 18th century elements, including beautifully patinated wood, period hinges, period correct replacement pulls, modern bun feet and gorgeous aged leather. Scuffs, wear, cracks, abrasions etc. from age and use. Sturdy, strong and a powerful presentation. No keys.