Learn about Kneehole Desk

A type of small pedestal desk, in appearance not unlike a chest of drawers with a central recessed section enabling the user to draw a chair close to the writing surface. The recess was usually fitted with a cupboard. Kneehole desks date from the early Georgian period and usually have three drawers on either side of the kneehole and either one long or three short drawers across the top. There was some variation to this rule among 19th century pieces. Chests of drawers are very susceptible to conversion into kneehole desks, which are several times more valuable.
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Early Victorian cedar kneehole desk with four drawers and leather insert

An early 20th century Australian blackwood pedestal desk with inset leather top and moulded edge, below a kneehole flanked by pedestals each with three drawers and moulded wooden handles. Provenance from the descendants of Lieutenant Colonel Sir Ernest Edw

A George III mahogany kneehole desk, the rectangular top with moulded edge above a single long hinged drawer above a shaped drawer and a central recessed cupboard flanked by conforming three drawer pedestals, raised on bracket feet with recessed castors, t