Rare Late 19th Century Upright French Lap Desk with Side Drawer and Inkwells. Elegant late 19th century French portable tabletop writing desk. Unique slant-front design that lowers to reveal a deep burgundy leather writing surface with a tooled gilt edge.There is an area facing the user with horizontal, angled dividers for storing correspondence, paper and envelopes. The front edges of these are a serpentine in shape, and the interior is lacquered glossy black. There are turned handles on either side for carrying, and a single, full-width drawer on one side that stores the original ink bottles and room for pens, sheets of paper etc. The drawer is beautifully dovetailed on all four corners. The exterior is veneered in a dramatically figured Kingwood, a favorite of French furniture-makers during this era.
It has a highly polished, glossy finish. The piece is in solid, structurally sound condition. Minor dings to the veneer. The slant front surface does show some minor warp/roll - please see the images. The hinges are fully intact, tight and in their original position.The flap opens and closes smoothly without catching on the top's front edge. The locking mechanism is intact, but we do not have the key. Measures 12.75" tall, 15 3/4" wide (18.75 wide including the handles).
It is 11" deep, just under 22" deep when the angled front is lowered. The flat top surface is 4 deep. All items come from a smoke free home. Please view the total listing as there are more pictures at the bottom of the listing.Please make sure you read all of our ad and view all the photos. Thank you for visiting with us. Come back often to our store which features antiques and other items we acquire at estate sales and auctions. FREE scheduling, supersized images and templates. Make your listings stand out with FREE Vendio custom templates! Over 100,000,000 served. Get FREE counters from Vendio today! This item is in the category "Antiques\Furniture\Other Antique Furniture". The seller is "antiqueboutique*123" and is located in this country: US.
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