• 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 22

    A GEORGE II WALNUT AND BURR-WALNUT KNEEHOLE DESK

    CIRCA 1730

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE II WALNUT AND BURR-WALNUT KNEEHOLE DESK
    CIRCA 1730
    The rectangular quarter-veneered cross and feather-banded moulded top with re-entrant corners, above a long drawer with cross and feather-banding, above three conforming drawers on each side of a recessed kneehole with a drawer above a cross and feather-banded door, the kneehole compartment removable, the side panels with crossbanding at the front and rear edges, on bracket feet, the metalwork apparently original
    30½ in. (77.5 cm.) high; 31½ in. (80 cm.) wide; 19 in. (48 cm.) deep


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    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).
    A. Bowett suggests that the lip-moulded drawers and carcase construction found on this kneehole desk dressing-table indicate a date of c. 1730-1740. It is closely related on one labelled by John Belchier and another labelled by Elizabeth Bell and Sons (ibid., p. 123, plate 3:54 & 3: 56)

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale, Phillip's, London, 23 November 1999, lot 38.