• The Collection of Ann and Gordon Getty
Lot 679

Unusual William IV Mahogany and Leather Retractable Library Desk

Estimate: $1,200 - $2,400
Sold for

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $25
$200 $50
$500 $100
$3,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$30,000 $2,500
$100,000 $5,000

The breakfront top with leather-lined hinged panels variously opening to a well fitted with four reading stands and backed by a Latin inscription and a well enclosing small drawers, the concave frieze above a convex-sided plinth, raised on paw feet.

32 x 4 ft. 4 in. x 32 1/2 in.


Wear is consistent with age and use with scuffing to the leather tops and slight fading to the mahogany with expected nicks and wear throughout. Minor age splits, veneer replacements and chips to the gilded paw feet. Structurally sound. A fine example of early 19th century library desks.

Notwithstanding this report or any discussion concerning condition of a lot, all lots are offered and sold "as is" in accordance with our conditions of sale.

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Sold Christie's New York, April 7, 1990, Lot 50.

The Collection of Ann and Gordon Getty.