AN ENGLISH TEAK DESK, IN THE MANNER OF BETTY JOEL, CIRCA 1935
the pedestal with five ash lined drawers, the handle of each with integral keyhole, and with an unusual curved footrest
76cm. high, 124cm. wide, 62cm. deep
As with the previous lot, this desk was probably bought by Hayek in the 1930s when he was working at the LSE. He lived during this period in Hampstead Garden Suburb. Several of his colleagues lived nearby and the area was popular with the many European intellectuals who had fled to London from the Nazis.
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Whilst this desk is in solid condition it exhibits much wear from use. There are old marks, stains and scratches throughout (from the date of its construction to more recent wear), the surface is dry and there are variations to the finish. There are notable ink stains to the writing surface. The drawer interiors have marks and some recent graffiti. The handles with old marks and the top drawer handle, whilst intact has a split. This desk could be placed in the middle of a room, however there is a notable bleached area to the rear apron frieze, most probably from the sun. There are no drawer keys. This present piece whilst in tired condition, through heavy use, is a great piece of designed furniture in its own right.
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