18 October 2017
A GEORGE III MAHOGANY LIBRARY DESK
ATTRIBUTED TO THOMAS CHIPPENDALE, CIRCA 1760
The rectangular top with dentil-carved edge and a later tooled leather writing surface above a frieze fitted with sham drawers, the ends with a mahogany-lined drawer fitted with an ink drawer to the side and a replaced sliding double ratcheted writing rest, the opposing side with an oak-lined drawer, raised on two banks of three graduated drawers with opposing cabinet doors opening to shelves, on plinth base with centrally located recessed casters stamped BARRON'S PATENT, replaced locks stamped NETTLEFOLD'S/PATENT A1/GUARDIAN, the handles apparently original, the frieze handles repositioned
32 in. (81.5 cm.) high, 60 ½ in. (153.5 cm.) wide, 38 ¼ in. (97 cm.) deep
Acquired from William Blair Antiques, Bethesda, Maryland, November 1980.
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The Magazine Antiques, September 1980, trade advertisement by William Blair.
Please note there are some variations to the handle knobs and the casting of the handles which may indicate that some are old replacements.
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