We recently acquired on behalf of Kenwood House, Hampstead, London this fine 18th century satinwood partners writing desk in the manner of Ince and Mayhew in time for the re-opening of the house in November 2013 after a lengthy refurbishment by English Heritage.

The house, which contains many important works of art including paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Gainsborough and Turner, was remodelled by the famous architect Robert Adam in 1760 and has now been beautifully restored with many of the original colour schemes to the exterior and interior re-instated. The library where this writing table is situated has a most spectacular ceiling elaborately painted by Antonio Zucchi and which has been meticulously restored to its former glory.


The table containing three drawers to the front and and three drawers to the back is inlaid with rosewood, and boxwood throughout and with a fan shaped motif to the tops of the fluted inlaid legs which terminate with block feet with fleur-de-lis inlay.

Interestingly the table has never had handles to the drawers which were designed to be opened by using keys.

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The image of the table in situ in the library at Kenwood House © English Heritage, The Iveagh Bequest, Kenwood.