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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1770-1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gillow & Co. (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    joined mahogany with ebony and boxwood stringing, and brass fittings

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Mahogany pedestal desk with kneehole, drop-front secretaire and hinged adjustable top; three small drawers either side of kneehole each with a drop handle with octagonal plates and a brass keyhole escutcheon; above the kneehole a large drawer runs the full-width of the table and is faced with six false drawers; the entire drawer is pulled forward and the top half of this section drops down to reveal a full-width recessed section with three compartments at each side, each with a hinged lid (the hinge located on the outer side of each compartment); the rearmost compartments have removable wooden linings and the lids of all the compartments are decorated with inset borders of ebony and boxwood stringing; above this recessed section lies a sliding tray covered in red leather and fitted with an adjustable reading/writing stand; at the back of the desk the secretaire section is faced with 5 false drawers.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca.1770-1800 (made)


Gillow & Co. (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

joined mahogany with ebony and boxwood stringing, and brass fittings

Object history note

Said to have been acquired in ca.1790 from Gillow by Edward Fletcher (1763-1848), after his retirement from the East India Company's service, for his house in Park Lane or for offices of Alexander Fletcher & Co., Bankers, founded by him, of Little Street, Helen's, EC3.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

For a similar desk see 'Connoisseur', 78, article on Sir Walter Scott's Gillow desk from his house in Castle Street, Edinburgh.

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission


Mahogany; Ebony; Boxwood; Brass


Cabinet-making; Stringing




Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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