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Writing desk: M.20-1970

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Mahogany writing desk with roll top, inlaid with brass, on four fluted tapering legs.

Legal notes

Given by Sir Hamilton Kerr, 1970, tranferred to the Fitzwilliam Museum, 1975, from Whittlesford.

Measurements and weight

Depth: 42 cm
Height: 89 cm
Width: 68.3 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1970) by Kerr, Hamilton, Sir


Early 19th Century
Circa 1815 - Circa 1840

Components of the work

Inlay composed of brass (alloy) Brass Legs

Materials used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: M.20-1970
Primary reference Number: 77239
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 13 July 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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