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A Victorian Kneehole Writing Desk with leathered top in its original finish. It is in the classic twin-pedestal 9 drawer, 3 section format with dark blue leather writing surface with a gold tooled edge. The original varnished finish has some wear, mostly round the plinth, but is in generally good condition. The back is finished too so it can be free standing. 49" wide x 30" high x 30" deep
Price £495.00 €557.82 $657.51
A handsome bureau bookcase from the last part of the 18th century in oak with mahogany cross banding. Vital statistics are 82 inches high by 36 inches wide and 20 inches deep.
Price £685 €771.93 $909.89
Secretaire Bookcase from the latter part of George III's reign in attractively faded mahogany and standing upon its original bracket feet. Adjustable shelves to upper portion. Drawers lined with publishers' flyers: including one for G. W. Anderson's now rather valuable book relating the voyages of Captain Cook, which was published by Alex Hogg in 1786 - thus these linings were very likely pasted in when this piece was in its first bloom of youth, over 200 years ago. Unlike some similar secretaires, which tend towards the ungainly, this one is of trim dimensions with a width of just 45 inches, a depth (to the base) of 21 inches and a height of 84 inches.
Price £1100 €1239.59 $1461.13
Mid 18th century mahogany bureau that I purchased from the Countess of Arran, present incumbent of Castle Hill, some 25 years ago when the family were having a 'spring clean' of the stable block and attics. Possibly estate made (due to some features including drawer linings of beech) this bureau likely lived all its life in this grand North Devon mansion and if this is indeed the case would be a survivor of the fire of 1934 which destroyed a good part of the building. Probably demoted to lesser rooms or even servants quarters at some time it certainly shows its age being 'battered but unbowed' with a good proportions and a particularly attractive interior fit up. Kept for myself with the intention of carrying out sympathetic restoration but now redundant due to a secretare bookcase taking its intended place it awaits an appreciative owner - perhaps from North Devon with this piece's historic links to that part of the world. All brasses are the originals (one is missing and will have to be replicated), the hideous later bottom plinth cum brackets must be cast aside and replaced with ogee or appropriate bracket feet and various damage made good. Within one of the small compartments was Countess Fortescue's ivory Red Cross fob engraved with her name from circa WW1 and this will go to the purchaser (providing the full price is paid for the bureau) along with written provenance if so desired. It is some 40 inches wide and high with a depth of just over 21 inches.
Price £345 €388.78 $458.26