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

Sheraton Revival kneehole desk. Inlaid decoration. Full length top drawer over 6 drawers under. Recessed cupboard. Height 80 cm. Width 95 cm. Depth 42 cm

Antique English oak George III kneehole desk, with inlaid banding, standing on channelled chamfered legs, approx 82 cm wide, 49 cm deep, 72 cm high

English walnut knee-hole desk, 19th century and later the cross banded top above over a baize lined brushing slide, above a single drawer above a recessed cupboard flanked by two banks each with three drawers on bracket feet

A George III mahogany Sheraton kneehole desk. It has a rectangular top, which is above four frieze drawers. It has a recessed front with neo classical marquetry, and is flanked by pedestals, each with an arrangement of three drawers. It has brass drop ring

A late Victorian ebonized writing table. Rectangular top inset with beige leather, which has a beaded ormolu edge with kneehole, flanked by a pair of drawers on fluted legs terminating in terracotta castors. 77 cm high, 139 cm wide, 59 cm deep

A fine French kingwood bonheur du jour, the small proportion lady's writing desk inlaid with parquetry panels of book matched veneers, the superstructure with two doors and two small drawers, the base with a fold-out writing panel raised above a small knee

A French Louis XVI style amboyna writing table, with inset tooled leather top above a drawer and kneehole flanked by pairs of drawers with ormolu ringed handles on square tapering legs terminating in ormolu caps. 76 cm high, 140 cm wide, 75 cm deep

A George III mahogany kneehole writing table, English, 18th century, 75 cm high, 82 cm wide, 50 cm deep

A Victorian mahogany kneehole desk in Georgian-style brass escutcheons and drop handles on bracket feet. Height 78 cm. Width 84 cm. Depth 50 cm

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

An early 19th century mahogany kneehole desk, raised on bracket feet, replacement hardware, BADA sticker. Height 80 cm. Width 83 cm. Depth 52 cm

A Victorian flame mahogany writing table, with inset tooled leather top a moulded edge, above a kneehole and five drawers on bulbous reeded legs. 73 cm high, 131 cm wide 61 cm deep.

A George II oak writing table, the rectangular top above a kneehole aperture and three drawers, on slim cabriole legs and pad feet91 cm wide. Depth 53 cm. Height 72 cm.

A William & Mary walnut and cross-banded kneehole desk English, 78 x 77 x 49 cm

An early 19th century mahogany kneehole desk, the leather inset top above an arrangement of nine drawers around the kneehole. Width 94 cm x. Depth 63 cm x. Height 75 cm

A walnut and burr walnut kneehole desk, the quarter veneered, crossbanded and feather banded top above the kneehole with cupboard behind enclosed by eight drawers on bracket feet, early 18th century with restorations. Width 79 cm. Depth 49 cm. Height 77 cm

A George III mahogany serpentine kneehole desk, the kneehole with cupboard door behind enclosed by seven drawers flanked by canted corners on bracket feet. Width 106 cm. Depth 56 cm. Height 81 cm

A fine quality George IV mahogany kneehole desk English, 83 x 100 x 58 cm in the manner of Gillows

A George III walnut kneehole desk, the rectangular top above a long drawer with a central compartment flanked by deep drawers, on bracket feet;. Width 85 cm. Depth 50 cm. Height 75 cm

An Edwardian walnut kneehole desk, English, circa 1900 76 x 106 x 59 cm 106 cm wide, 59 cm deep, 76 cm high

A Georgian mahogany kneehole desk, 19th century, of small proportion, the rectangular top above an open cavity flanked by an arrangement of drawers on either side, on shaped bracket feet, 128 cm wide, 68 cm deep, 72 cm high

A George I walnut kneehole desk, having a central cupboard and hidden drawer, the top and drawers crossbanded and with herringbone inlay, possible original bale handles on engraved shaped plates, the desk supported on bracket feet. Width 101 cm. Depth 53.5

A George III mahogany kneehole desk, the rectangular top above three frieze drawers raised on ring turned tapering circular supports, brass caps and casters, 180 cm wide, 54 cm deep, 81 cm m high

A Regency revival roll topped desk, circa 1900, the mahogany desk with domed roll opening to reveal multiple pigeon holes and drawers with leather embossed writing slope over central frieze drawer with timber stringing flanked by two four drawer pedestals

Victorian mahogany architect desk with inset leather tooled top, hinged writing section, central drawer, with kneehole below flanked by small drawers on turned supports

George III Chippendale mahogany kneehole desk with inset leather top, three short drawers each side, one long drawer at top with recessed cupboard and writing slide

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

Rare George III mahogany kneehole desk above a long frieze drawer and central kneehole with cupboard door, flanked by three short drawers to either side on shaped bracket feet