15 April 2005
A GEORGE III MAHOGANY TAMBOUR WRITING-TABLE
The tambour top sliding to reveal a gilt-tooled blue leather-lined writing surface with adjustable ratchet top above two mahogany-lined frieze drawers on square tapering legs with brass caps and leather casters, bearing a label to the inside of one drawer with old Parke-Bernet provenance and description
32½ in. (85 cm.) high, 40 in. (102 cm.) wide, 28½ in. (72 cm.) deep
New York Private Collection; Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 2 February 1952, lot 369.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 22 January 1994, lot 77.
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The form of this elegant writing table closely relates to a 'tambour writing table' designed by Thomas Shearer and illustrated in The Cabinet-Maker's London Book of Prices, first published in 1788, pl. 13.
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