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18th Century Tambour Desk

18th Century Tambour Desk



circa 1780 - 1790

A fine George III period mahogany writing desk with a rolled back tambour. The secretaire is fully fitted with pigeon holes and full length oak lined drawers. The mahogany fronts with satinwood cockbeading are fitted with the original 'axe' head handles. The secretaire slide is lined with an old green tooled leather. The writing surface is ratcheted so it will elevate to suit a writer or a reader. The concave frieze below with two full length oak lined drawers are also fitted with the original brass swan neck handles and flanked by satinwood patera. The tambour desk sides are highly figured and feature concealed pull out slides. The writing desk is raised on finely tapered legs and stand on the original leather bound wheels and brass caps.

The tambour desk is attributed to George Simson of London.
Floor to the underside of the desk 61.00 cm high

N.B. George Simson cabinet maker was in business from 1787 to 1840, trading from 19 St Paul's Church Yard London. Simson made highly fashionable furniture inspired by pattern book designs and is known to have subscribed to Sheraton's drawing-book.


Excellent, superb colour and patina


Height 97.00cm (38.19 inches)

Width 94.00cm (37.01 inches)

Depth 66.00cm (25.98 inches)

Stock No: 10667


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