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Writing slope with drawers, XF312, English, unknown maker, early nineteenth century, mahogany veneer, mahogany and baize. ©Sir John Soane's Museum, London. Photograph: Hugh Kelly.

Writing slope with drawers, English, unknown maker, early nineteenth century, mahogany veneer, mahogany and baize

Height (closed): 17.5cm
Width: 50.7cm
Depth: 25.7cm

Museum number: XF312

Curatorial note

With tilting top and three drawers; brass lock with inlaid light wood diamond keyhole escutcheon; the top has a border of mahogany veneer at right angles to that of the main surface, with ebony stringing on both sides; in the centre of the top is a rectangular insert with incurved corners for a brass escutcheon, which has been filled by a wooden repair; the top opens on pivoting hinges on the back edge so that it can be held horizontally; this hinged slope is lined with green baize; when two brass catches on the front edge are released the top can be fully opened to form a continuous writing slope; the upper section of this slope can then be pivoted so that the inner mahogany surface forms a book-rest; the main body of the box contains three drawers extending its full length, veneered in mahogany at both ends but having wooden knobs at one end only.


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