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Knee-hole desk, XF335 by Thomas Martyr & Company, 1816, oak, mahogany veneer, ivory and brass. ©Sir John Soane's Museum, London. Photograph: Hugh Kelly.
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Knee-hole desk by Thomas Martyr & Company, 1816

Oak, mahogany veneer, ivory and brass

Width: 159.8cm
Height: 73.5cm
Depth: 39.5cm

Museum number: XF335

Curatorial note

With four drawers either side with mahogany fronts on oak carcases; drawers numbered on inset ivory discs, to the left, in ascending order, 115-118, with ivory disc 115 missing; to the right, in descending order 120-123 with ivory disc 120 missing from the top drawer), the lower three drawers are deeper than the top one (which is only 2½ inches deep) and have larger ivory discs; all the drawers have a single brass knob but the two shallow top drawers which flank the knee-hole have smaller and more elegant knobs matching those on the table X181; all the key-holes in the desk are unlined; all the drawers have original brass locks stamped with a crown and GR PATENT; the desk is flanked by reeded open cupboards or pigeon holes (the lower left and right of these have a rebate which could have allowed them to have doors) which probably served as bookshelves.

Associated objects

XF181, other part

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