• Three Woods: A Passion for Wal auction at Christies

    Sale 7909

    Three Woods: A Passion for Walnut, Oak & Yew The John Parry Collection

    25 March 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 110

    A GEORGE II BURR-YEW AND WALNUT KNEEHOLE DESK

    CIRCA 1730

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE II BURR-YEW AND WALNUT KNEEHOLE DESK
    CIRCA 1730
    The rounded rectangular quarter-veneered caddy-moulded top with double feather-banding above a drawer fitted with a green baize-lined slide and a compartment for ink-wells, above a further drawer and three drawers in each pedestal around a recessed kneehole with a drawer in the arch and a door in the recess enclosing a shelf, on bracket feet, the drawers with feather-banding, the handles apparently original
    31 in. (79 cm.) high; 34¼ in. (87 cm.) wide; 19 in. (48 cm.) deep


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    The unusual feature of two frieze drawers in this kneehole desk dressing-table, one of which is fitted with a slide and compartments for pens and pounce-pots, suggests that it was a special order.
    The kneehole-desk or dressing-table was probably a specific form known as a 'bureau', intended either for writing or for use as a dressing-table. At Cannons, the 1725 inventory lists 'A Dressing Buroe with Drawers', whilst a very grand example described as 'a very fine large Walnuttree Burrow Table and Drawers', was supplied at the enormous cost of £70 for the Princesses' Library at Hampton Court Palace in 1716 (A. Bowett, Early Georgian Furniture 1715-1740, Woodbridge, 2001, pp. 111 & 121).

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale, Maxwell's auctioneers, Wilmslow, 2008.