Skip to main content

Kneehole desk: M.12-1961

An image of Kneehole desk

Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

Terms of use

These images are provided for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons License (BY-NC-ND). To license a high resolution version, please contact our image library who will discuss fees, terms and waivers.

Download this image

Creative commons explained - what it means, how you can use our's and other people's content.

Colours in this image

Alternative views

Object information

Maker(s)

Unknown (Production)

Description

Mahogany kneehole desk with serpentine front, applied carving on the canted corners, leather inset top and ormolu mounts on the drawers. Kneehole and recessed cabinet framed with arch and fluted pilasters. Three of the drawers are frieze, while the recessed cupboard is flanked by six concave pedestal drawers

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Louis C. G. Clarke, 1960.

Measurements and weight

Depth: 72.5 cm
Height: 82.5 cm
Width: 142.4 cm

Relative size of this object

1.4 m82.5 cm72.5 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1960) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray

Dating

Mid 18th Century
George II
Production date: circa AD 1750

Components of the work

Top composed of leather

Materials used in production

Mahogany

Techniques used in production

Carving

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.12-1961
Primary reference Number: 95851
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 7 January 2022 Last processed: Friday 7 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2022) "Kneehole desk" Web page available at: https://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/95851 Accessed: 2022-05-18 15:17:55

Citation for Wikipedia

To cite this record on Wikipedia you can use this code snippet:

{{cite web|url=https://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/95851|title=Kneehole desk|author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2022-05-18 15:17:55|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

Bootstrap HTML code for reuse

To use this as a simple code embed, copy this string:

<div class="text-center my-3">
    <figure class="figure">
        <img src="https://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/imagestore/aa/aa40/large_M_12_1961_201203_dc2.jpg"
        alt="Kneehole desk" class="img-fluid" />
        <figcaption class="figure-caption text-info">Kneehole desk</figcaption>>
    </figure>
</div>

Please enter your name as you would like to be addressed
Please enter your email address
The object accession number - this is prefilled
Please enter your query with as much detail as possible

Suggested products from Curating Cambridge

You might be interested in this...

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...