18th century walnut secretaire kneehole desk


An early 18th century English walnut secretaire kneehole desk. George I, ca 1720.
Exceptional waxed honey colour and old patination, with well matched veneers.

2’10” w
20” d
34” h.

Ref: BHA 1131

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An early 18th century English walnut secrétaire kneehole desk.
George I period (1714-1727), circa 1720.
Of exceptional waxed honey colour and lovely old patina, with well-matched veneers.

With a quarter-veneered top. Six short drawers below a hinged fall revealing a writing section, all surrounding a central recessed cupboard. There is a small, shaped pull-out drawer fitted in the apron.

All finely inlaid with herringbone lines. Raised on its original bracket feet. Swan-neck handles probably fitted later in the 18th century. Locks and keys are mostly original. Walnut veneered and crossbanded sides.

Nb. Having a fitted secrétaire drawer distinguishes this antique walnut kneehole desk: relatively few desks of this period have this much sought-after and useful feature. Note the gently chamfered leading edges to the kneehole recess.

This compact and elegant early Georgian walnut desk comes ready-to-use, and will add great character to any home. Also referred to as a ‘vanity’ or ‘dressing table’.

Ralph Edwards CBE FSA ‘Shorter Dictionary of English Furniture’ (Hamlyn, Fourth Impression 1972) p. 556, ill. 8: ”A walnut kneehole desk dated, circa 1733”.