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Writing desk: M.3-1993

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Production: Unknown




Fall front writing desk of padouk, on softwood stand veneered with rosewood(?), the two drawers with replacement brass handles

The desk of padouk wood; the stand of softwood with rosewood(?) veneer. The brass handles are later replacements. The desk has a fall front with two drawers beneath, inside drawers (one replaced), and slots, with a central compartment pulling out to reveal four secret drawers. It stands on a (possibly later but purpose-built) stand with cabriole legs terminating in square 'paintbrush' feet. The secret drawers are inscribed in Chinese characters equivalent to 'upper left; lower left; upper right; lower right' but they no longer fit in the correct order.


History note: Beazor & Sons, Regent Street, Cambridge, c. 1978, from whom the donor purchased it.

Legal notes

Given by Dr Donald Kellaway.

Measurements and weight

Depth: 63.5 cm
Height: 99.5 cm
Width: 102.5 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1993) by Kellaway, Thomas Donald, Dr


First half of 18th Century
Circa 1701 CE - Circa 1750 CE

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Components of the work

Stand composed of rosewood ( veneer, possibly)
Desk composed of padouk

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.3-1993
Primary reference Number: 77269
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 17 June 2022 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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