Escritoire / Scriptor circa 1685
This early Walnut Escritoire is of small
proportions with a good colour and patina, which shows off the
craftman's choice of fine veneers to their full potential and retains
many of its original features.
The top, with a moulded cornice above a cushion frieze drawer is separated from the fall by a small moulded bead. The fall has a quartered, feathered and edged veneer to the face, which shows the not- uncommon signs of ground shrinkage due to the size of the fall and its construction. The interior has a replacement baize, edged by a veneer. This interior is quite stunning with all the drawer fronts being book-matched with its opposing drawer - even the feathering is matched. The drawers surround the central door, which is also book-matched, and retains its original lock and key. Within the central door are found a further four drawers. Above the drawers and door sit eight pigeon holes with secret drawers behind.
The lower section with two short and two long feather-banded drawers are separated by a cross-grained 'D' moulding. This section is firmly grounded on replacement bun feet. The handles and escutcheons to this section are not original but are of the period design. Some sympathetic restoration, reconstruction, and replacements have been carried out to this base section, during its life.
The carcass is of pine as you would expect for the period; the drawer linings are of a fine quality oak and are constructed in a manner to suggest a date of circa 1670 -1685, as does the metal work. All the drops to the interior are original and retain most of the original gilt lacquer finish.
This visually stunning piece, is not the smallest Escritoire I have come across, but it is of a small stature and its proportions are beautiful along with its colour and patina.
All in all, a very fetching piece of furniture.
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