9459 AN EXTRAORDINARY GEOMETRIC MARQUETRY KNEEHOLE DESK Italian. Circa 1820. Height: 32″ (81.5cm) Width: 43 1/4″ (110cm) Depth: 25 1/4″ (64cm).
Of various woods including boxwood, purple heart and mahogany. The rectangular top with curved corners with original black leather inset within a band of Greek key decoration and edged with a geometric border, the continuous shaped frieze inlaid with a striped pattern and concealing four drawers to the front opened by hidden locks and catches and concealing an extending writing surface to the reverse, the central ratcheted slide inlaid with a coronet. The knee-hole to the front flanked by two deep drawers, inlaid with a geometric patterns and released by a hidden mechanism below each drawer, the sides and reverse similarly inlaid, the curved corners inlaid with a lozenge pattern, the whole raised on four shaped and turned legs, each inlaid with tapering striped decoration.
Di Castro, Rome, 1998 .