The quality of the cabinet work exhibited on the present desk is consistent with the work of the St Martin's Lane syndicate of cabinet makers whose output is epitomised by the leading 18th century furniture designer and manufacturer Thomas Chippendale. In particular it relates to his design for `a bureau dressing table' published in The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, pl. XLI and a library table supplied to William, 5th Earl of Dumfries for Dumfries House, Ayrshire, Scotland, circa 1759 which parallels the subtle use of dentilling beneath the moulded top (see Christopher Gilbert, The Life and Works of Thomas Chippendale, 1978, 2 vols., vol. II, p. 236, figs. 431 and 432). It is also worth noting the form of the bead-panelled doors here which feature disc paterae to the corners, as these have close affinities with those on a secretaire cabinet supplied by Chippendale to Ninian Home for Paxton House, Scotland circa 1775 (see Gilbert, op. cit, vol. II, p. 59, pl 91).
Comparable desks with attributions to Chippendale which have recently appeared on the market include an example with related plinth mouldings, sold Sotheby's New York, 21 October 2004, lot 31 and two further example of more rectilinear form sold Christie's London, 3 July 1997, lot 50 and Sotheby's 'Mallett at Bourdon House', 7 March 2007, lot 580.
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