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A George III gilt-brass mounted mahogany pedestal desk, circa 1780
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PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

A George III gilt-brass mounted mahogany pedestal desk, circa 1780
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A George III gilt-brass mounted mahogany pedestal desk, circa 1780
the green gilt-tooled leather inset top above an arrangement of eight drawers, one of which is a long drawer with opposing dummy drawer, on brass castors
78cm. high, 153cm. wide, 104cm. deep; 30¾in., 60in., 41in.
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Provenance

Formerly in the collection of John Carter Brown III until sold Christie's New York, The British Interior, 23-24 January 2002, lot 507 ($96,200)

Catalogue Note

The form of the distinctive 'French Style' rococo foliate handles on this desk, with their asymmetrical pierced and engraved back plates, relate to two handles from an anonymous brass founder’s catalogue preserved in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York[1]. Further related designs in two unattributed pattern books dating to circa 1780 are in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London[2]. An unusual bureau, with identical handles, was sold Sotheby’s, New York, Tom Devenish: The Collection, 24 April 2008, lot 66.

John Carter Brown III

John Carter Brown III (1934 –2002) was director of the U.S. National Gallery of Art from 1969 to 1992 and a leading figure in American intellectual life. Under Brown's direction, the National Gallery became one of the leading art museums in the United States, if not the world.

[1] Crom, T. R., An Eighteenth Century English Brass Hardware Catalogue, Florida, 1994, p. 44, nos. 311 and 312.

[2] Illustrated Goodison, N., ‘The Victoria and Albert Museum’s collection of Metal-work Pattern Books’, Furniture History, Vol. XI, 1975, figs. 8 and 9.

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