14 June 2001
A CHINESE-EXPORT HARDWOOD HARLEQUIN CHEST
Second half 18th Century
The rectangular moulded twin-flap top enclosing a gilt-tooled orange leather-lined writing-surface with flap to the centre, the rear flap enclosing a well fitted with divisions and pen-trays, lifting to reveal a fitted interior of pegeon-holes and drawers above a simulated drawer between lopers, with three graduated hardwood-lined drawers, the sides with carrying-handles, on later shaped bracket feet, the handles original, three internal drawers and the astragals of the internal door replaced
31 in. (78.5 cm.) high; 41¼ in. (104.5 cm.) wide; 21½ in. (54.5 cm.) deep
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A desk with related lifting secretaire-section to the rear edge is illustrated in C. Crossman, The China Trade, Princeton, 1972, fig. 129.
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