Antique Kneehole Desks

 

 
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 antique kneehole desk from 18th Century

 

 

ANTIQUE KNEEHOLE DESKS - 1700 to 1780s

A small and attractive piece, originally devised as a dressing table, not a desk, but in appearance like a chest of drawers with a central recessed kneehole space backed by a cupboard. Occasionally a hinged top, lifting to reveal fitments for dressing accessories; rarely, a secretaire drawer. 

GENERAL STYLE
One long drawer above two tiers of three I small drawers of graduated depth. Generally a shaped apron fronting recess between. Overhanging top with molded edge. Base molding above either four or six bracket feet (ogee after about 1750). Maybe a brushing (or writing) slide immediately below top. 
Door of recessed cupboard often paneled; sometimes flush, with cock-beaded edge to match drawer fronts. Straight or serpentine front; sometimes. with canted corners; these either plain, or carved, sometimes with half-columns or pilasters. 

VALUES
These are valuable pieces when right, especially if walnut or with secretaire or dressing drawer. Prices invariably well into four figures: be suspicious if not. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

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