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    Sale 5372

    Christie's Interiors- Style & Spirit

    18 November 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 108

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY SATINWOOD CROSSBANDED AND BOXWOOD INLAID TAMBOUR CYLINDER WRITING DESK

    CIRCA 1800

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY SATINWOOD CROSSBANDED AND BOXWOOD INLAID TAMBOUR CYLINDER WRITING DESK
    Circa 1800
    With a pierced brass three-quarter gallery above the slatted tambour, enclosing a fitted interior with pigeon-holes and drawers and a sliding writing surface with a hinged green baise-lined ratcheted slope, slides to either side and dummy drawers
    41 in. (104 cm.) high; 36 in. (92 cm.) wide; 28 in. (71 cm.) deep


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    The first published design of a desk of 'Carlton House' type was one illustrated in A. Hepplewhite & Co. The Cabinet Maker's London Book of Prices, 2nd ed., 1793, pl. 21. This form of desk became associated with Carlton House, the residence of the Prince Regent, later King George IV, after Rudolph Ackermann had illustrated a writing-table of this design in 1814, claiming that it was called a Carlton House desk 'from having been first made for the august personage whose correct taste has so classically embellished that beautiful palace' (see H. Roberts, 'The First Carlton House Table?', Furniture History Society Journal XXXI, 1995, pp. 124-128).

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