A desk, usually but not always of pedestal shape with a superstructure of small drawers and pigeonholes, enclosed by a shutter of horizontal timber slats. Also known as a tambour top desk. The slats are glued to strips of canvas and may be rolled up or down along parallel grooves on either side of the frame. Dating from the late 19th century and usually made from oak, one of the better known brands is the 'Cutler' desk. The Cutler style desk was much copied, and a genuine Cutler with the 'Cutler' name around the extended brass escutcheon, will command a price premium over a desk in the Cutler style without the maker's plaque. There is a second type of roll top desk, known as a cylinder desk that dates from the second half of the 18th century. The desk opening is enclosed by a quarter-round cylinder of veneered timber which, when opened, slides back into a recess behind the superstructure.
A Swedish ladies burr wood desk, the roll top opening to reveal a fitted interior with two small drawers and ten pigeon holes, the apron fitted with two small drawers flanking the kneehole, raised on turned slender, tapering legs, 92 cm high, 90 cm wide, 5
A Scandinavian style mahogany cylinder roll top. Desk with drawers, c.1890, with four drawers, one a pull-out, writing drawer with felt lined writing sliding shelf. The interior has 6 stationery drawers. The interior cupboard door is decorated with a venee
A Sheraton style rosewood and marquetry desk, the roll top beneath a rectangular back with a central mirror, the whole with foliate boxwood inlay, raised on square tapering legs, brass caps and castors, 78 x 120 x 53 cm.
A Globe Wernicke oak roll top desk, circa 1910, the s-roll top with fitted interior standing on two four drawer twin pedestals with central drawer, together with an oak leather seated captains chair. Height 127 cm. Width 133 cm. Depth 81 cm
Biedermeier cylinder roll top desk 19th century the interior fitted with three short drawers each side of a central compartment door inlaid with classical figures and obelisks, three long drawers. Height 122 cm. Width 114 cm. Depth 59 cm
An American late 19th century oak roll top Derby desk, the roll top enclosing a fitted interior of drawers and pigeon holes with hinged slides above two pedestals with four drawers to each side and a central drawer, currently detached, the key escutcheon s
An exceptional Italian marquetry inlaid ladies cylinder top writing desk, the roll top concealing a fitted interior and a tooled leather writing slide with extensive marquetry decoration to the entire structure (front and back).
Late 18th/early 19th century Dutch marquetry cylinder roll top desk profusely inlaid on the central cylinder panel with flowers in a basket and garlands, fitted interior with inset leather desk pull out, raised on tapering legs with spade feet. Height 100
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