A Queen Anne walnut crossbanded and featherbanded kneehole desk

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A Queen Anne walnut crossbanded and featherbanded kneehole desk

The rectangular moulded top with canted angles above a concave frieze drawer and canted fluted angles above an arched kneehole and cupboard door inlaid with a sunburst, enclosing a concave shelf flanked by four drawer to each side on shaped bracket feet, with castors, 81cm wide, 48cm deep, 79cm high. A related kneehole desk or dressing table recorded in the Percival D. Griffith's collection, is illustrated in R. W. Symonds, English Furniture from Charles II to George II, 1929, p. 77, fig. 60. However the Griffiths example has a fixed central cupboard rather than the rarer sliding version found on the lot offered here. The above kneehole also has the unusual feature of sunburst inlay to the top of the cupboard door a motif more commonly found in this period on double chests of drawers fitted with secretaire drawers (see Adam Bowett, Early Georgian Furniture, 1715-1740, 2009, pp. 118-119, pls. 3:46 and 3:47).

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Period: Queen Anne

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