• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 2203

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe Including Carpets from The Corcoran Gallery of Art

    24 November 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 443

    A QUEEN ANNE WALNUT AND MARQUETRY WRITING-TABLE

    CIRCA 1700

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    A QUEEN ANNE WALNUT AND MARQUETRY WRITING-TABLE
    CIRCA 1700
    With double gate-leg action, the star-inlaid top opening to reveal a polished and crossbanded surface with keyed triple-well lined with marbled paper, with white chalk inscription to underside '...66', old ink inscription 'S' to underside of one well compartment
    31¼ in. (79.5 cm.), 33 in. (84 cm.) wide, 12 1/8 in. (31 cm.) deep, closed


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    This form of writing table emerged during the 1690s, when Gerrit Jenson supplied three such tables to Kensington Palace for Queen Mary's use. To use, the legs swing forward to support the unfolded top; when not in use, it was folded back against the wall. Similar examples can be found in A. Bowett, English Furniture 1660-1714, pgs. 213-215, figs. 7.35-7.37.