Small rare early 18th century English walnut kneehole desk

Diminutive and rare English early-18th century walnut kneehole desk.
George II period, circa 1735.

W 2’9” only.
D 19”
H 31”

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A small, rare, English early-18th century walnut kneehole desk. George II period, circa 1735.

This fine Georgian walnut kneehole desk is of a form we’ve not encountered before in more than 66 years.
The hinged fold-over moulded bachelor’s top is supported on twin lopers, opening to reveal numerous secret fitted drawers and pigeon holes, located within a well.
The whole beautifully veneered and crossbanded in fine, well-figured and patinated walnut of superb colour, with narrow ebony lines. Original mounts, locks and bracket feet. Graduated cockbeaded short drawers surround a central recessed cupboard.

Nb. This small antique kneehole was probably made to a special estate order. All lined in best quality English oak.
An additional, very rare feature – probably unique – is a steel lever concealed beneath the kneehole which releases yet another secret compartment within the cupboard recess.

May be used as a dressing table or compact writing desk.

For a discerning collector.

Ref. BHA 1042