Here is a fascinating desk and chair set. The distinctive ebonized oak is original to the piece but has been touched up with fresh lacquer. The top and the writing surface are both Rosewood veneer and are original to the desk. Brass Campaign style hardware is inset into the drawer faces on the five drawers flanking the center opening and large center drawer. The slim lines of the roll on the top follow a graceful curve. Note the curved wide cap rail on the sides and recessed panel. You may also notice that there are no interior fittings or pigeon holes on this desk. Never were any. The roll works very well and there is a lock in it but we have no key for it. The lock is a side catching lock- not the typical roll top desk lock that fits into a plate on the desk surface. Despite the clean simplicity of this desk and chair, it has several classic carved accents, like the acanthus leaf corbels and trim and the carved flower corners on the feet of the desk. The large square feet with molded trim have heavy metal casters recessed inside that allow the desk to move only forward and back. On each end of the desk is a carved design of two ancient coins. The right side has the Athenian Owl, a Greek Coin from 430-99 BC and the left side has the Roman Cista Mystica Coin depicting a snake in a basket of precious things. This coin was minted in 123-104 BC in a Roman Province. Various descriptions for these motifs include "Patience", "Fertility" and "Wisdom". Wish we knew more about this desk's history. It's obviously a quality set with a great design. It is also VERY HEAVY. The top does come off the desk, but the base is all fixed. Retouched Original Finish.
The matching chair is fully adjustable- reclining, swiveling and height adjustment. We added some nice heavy wheels to it. Upholstered in a deep red/black leather like material. Very Comfortable. Size on Request.
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Desk Size ................ 38.5" Tall x 63" Wide x 36" Deep 6" Tall x 9" Deep x 55" Wide Recess Circa .................. 1890-1920