roll top - desks
roll top desk. 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.
Edwardian roll top writing desk
c. 1900, walnut, American oak with fitted stationery compartments, five lower drawers, on porcelain castors height: 112.5 cm; width 91 cm;. Depth 65 cm
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
A fully restored
, American walnut decorated and panelled twin pedestal roll top desk, by a Cutler & Son
A Victorian mahogany cylinder
pedestal desk, the solid roll top with brass handles opening to a fitted interior with a leather inset slide, each pedestal having three graduated drawers with finely carved wooden handles, plinth base, 137 x 115 x 80 cm