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    Sale 5907

    Christie's Interiors

    2 June 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 710

    A GEORGE III PURPLEHEART AND LINE-INLAID WRITING TABLE

    LATE 18TH CENTURY, AFTER A DESIGN BY THOMAS SHERATON

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    A GEORGE III PURPLEHEART AND LINE-INLAID WRITING TABLE
    LATE 18TH CENTURY, AFTER A DESIGN BY THOMAS SHERATON
    The gilt-tooled red leather-lined writing surface within three quarter gallery concealing a rising slide and a pleated silk screen to the back and a pen and ink drawer to the side, each opening with a push button spring, fitted with a frieze drawer on square tapered legs and shaped concave undertier with brass caps and castors
    36 in. (92 cm.) high; 30 in. (76 cm.) wide; 20 in. (51 cm.) deep


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    Thomas Sheraton illustrated a pattern for this 'Lady's Writing-Table', with candle-branches fitted on the top at each side, in his The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing Book, 1793 (part III, pl.37). He noted 'The style of finishing them is neat, and rather elegant. They are frequently made of satinwood, cross-banded, japanned, and the top lined with green leather'.

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