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An Australian cedar armchair by Joseph Sly, circa 1845, the overhanging top fall front' data-content='Furniture with a hinged flap, usually associated with desks and secretaires, that opens or 'falls' to provide a flat writing surface. The flap may be supported by chains or brass quadrants and rest on wooden supports or runners, known as lopers, that pull out from a recess in either side of the piece. The interior of a fall-front desk is usually fitted with small drawers and pigeonholes.'>front rail, a back rail and two side rails, and also on a door or carcase, where the rails are joined to the vertical framings.'>rail above a carved cross-rail, over scrolled arms, a drop-in seat, ogee carved front rail and raised on turned tapering legs, stamped J. Sly on, the underside of both, the front and back rails. Reference: 1988 commemorative collection of fine Colonial furniture, the rustic charm by H. Vidler and G. Dodd, plate 45


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