A George II mahogany partners' desk
Lot 345
A George II mahogany partners' desk In the manner of Thomas Chippendale
Sold for £58,850 (US$ 98,857) inc. premium
Lot Details
A George II mahogany partners' desk
In the manner of Thomas Chippendale
The rectangular top with a later black canvas writing surface within a ribbon and patera carved edge above six opposing frieze drawers, the pedestals fitted with six drawers to one side and opposing panelled doors to the other, with carved patera to each corner, one door enclosing twelve pigeon holes the other a single later shelf, the panelled sides fitted with two dummy frieze drawers and bronze carrying handles, on a stiff leaf moulded edge and bracket feet with hidden barrel castors, the bronze handles stamped 7288 to the reverse, 183cm wide x 121cm deep x 81cm high, (72" wide x 47.5" deep x 31.5" high)


  • Provenance: Purchased by Leonard Cunliffe from Harrods Ltd, London on January 26th 1914 for £500

    The overall form and carved detail of the present desk relates to patterns for 'Library Tables' published in both Thomas Chippendale's, Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, 1763, 3rd Edition, pl. LXXIX and Ince and Mayhew's Universal System of Household Furniture, 1762, pl. XXIII.

    Aspects of the cabinet-work on the offered lot parallel those found on Chippendale's furniture at Dumfries House, Ayrshire, such as the red wash, which is visible to the top of the pedestals and the laminated blocking of the bracket feet (see Christie's proposed contents sale of Dumfries House, 12-13 July 2007, p. 10 figs 12 and 13 and lots 40 and 236). It is significant that the red wash appears on many of the pieces at Dumfries House supplied by Chippendale and not on those pieces known to have been sourced from other cabinet-makers. It is interesting to note that the handles to the side, of the desk here (although possibly replaced), are of a pattern frequently appearing on furniture supplied by Chippendale to other houses such as Nostell Priory) see: Christopher Gilbert, The Life and Works of Thomas Chippendale, 1978, 2 vols., vol. II, p. 146, fig. 263)

    Related desks associated with Chippendale, sold Christie's London, 3 July 1997, lot 50, Sotheby's New York, 21 October 2004, lot 31 Sotheby's London, 9 March, 2007, lot 580 and Christie's London, 22 November 2007, lot 610.
    A comparable desk was sold by Bonhams, London, 19 October 2011, lot 59
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