Jan & John Maggs

Antiques and Art

Dazzling  17th-century oak desk box on stand

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An oak slant-lid desk box or “slope”, on a joined stand with drawer. The lid of the box is carved with the initials “CH” and the date “1699”, although we believe the piece to be somewhat older (See below). The front and drawer face are decorated with carved tulips, and the sides with a complex pattern of arabesques. Inside the desk are four small drawers, the central pair masking a secret drawer. The ends of the front board have the chip carving that is typical of the period.

The base of the stand is made up of four elaborately turned legs, joined by an “H” stretcher with the same turnings. Beneath the drawer is a narrow moulding, which extends around the corners and along the sides.

It seems reasonable to suggest that the date of 1699 was not the date of its creation, but rather the date upon which it was presented to “CH”. The carving on the lid has none of the sophistication of that on the rest of the piece. Note the location of the original hasp, whose shadow is visible behind the carved “C” and “6”. Was it removed so that the dedication could be centered?

Outstanding color and patina. Excellent condition.

A wonderful gift in 1699; a showpiece today.

English, ca. 1650, with later carving.

Dimensions: 28” x 20”; Overall height: 39 ¼”

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Inventory #26358

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