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British Colonial Teakwood Partners’ Desk

Late 19th century

SGD 5,800

A British colonial teakwood pedestal partners’ desk with an inset black leather panel within a rectangular teakwood top with rounded corners. The deep frieze houses a short drawer at either side. The central kneehole is flanked by two pedestals with on the left side a panelled door that opens to reveal one shelve and on the other side three drawers. A conforming arrangement is found at the other side of the desk. All drawers fitted with brass pulls. The desk stands on eight short bracket feet and consists of three parts: the top and the two pedestals.

This piece of furniture was first conceived in the United Kingdom in the 18th century to accommodate the work of business partners; many businesses, including banks and industrial manufacturers, were formed as partnerships, as companies were very expensive to form. As well as convenience, a partner’s desk allowed each partner to keep an eye on the other, as the partners had joint and several liability for each other’s actions.

The desk is in excellent condition and has been lovingly restored and finished to its former glory using a traditional form of French polishing and waxing.

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Calcutta
British colonial India
H: 76 cm W: 153 cm D: 99 cm
H: 30” W: 60½ “ D: 39”

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