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'LILY'S WRITING DESK'
the top with a hinged lid enclosing a fitted stationary compartment, the leather inset fall opening to reveal a maple lined interior with two small drawers, one side with drawers opposing dummy drawers, on brass castors
walnut, burr walnut, maple
88 by 55 by 56cm., 34½ by 21½ by 22in.
19th century
Made circa 1870.
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Catalogue Note

These types of compact writing tables are usually called 'Davenports' their genesis being in the Regency period, with later documented examples illustrated in the Gillows sketch books from the 1840s. These small and easily portable objects became extremely popular as the 19th century wore on, reaching their zenith in the last quarter of the Victorian epoch. They were pretty pieces of domestic furniture often produced in highly figured timbers, such as rosewood or burr walnut as in the offered lot. It is often assumed that they were for the use of ladies, possibly as a result of their small proportions, and this is the case with the Davenport here, known affectionately in the Yeats family as 'Lily's Desk' whose desk this most likely was.

Yeats: The Family Collection

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London