A rich and interesting form generally dubbed a "Butler's Desk", this gorgeous Regency bookcase-over-chest cleverly disguises the secretary desk.
Beneath a cove-molded crest are sixteen glazed panels in the pair of bookcase doors, these opening to reveal a simple interior with two shelves that can be adjusted using grooves on either side. A reeded brass molding runs vertically between the two doors sealing the space between. It is built in three parts with a removable crown that rests on the bookcase, this self-contained and easily lifting off of the lower chest.
In the chest, the upper drawer withdraws and drops with brass buttons inside the side frames to release the lid and flatten the writing surface. The desk interior is a complex symmetrical array of four wide drawers, six small drawers, four pigeon holes with arched valences and four document slots.
Beneath the desk are blind doors that swing open to reveal an adjustably shelved interior. The desk rests over outward flared French feet with a gentle curved skirt.
Measurements: 86 1/4" H x 42 7/8" W x 24 1/4" D; writing area 31 1/8" H from the ground, 40 3/8" W x 21 1/4" D
Condition Report: Old surface with overall good color and polish throughout, age appropriate wear and blemish.Replaced brass pulls on desk section. Original acorn escutcheons with one working key, not all locks operate smoothly. Splice repairs to right front foot. Some patches to edge of skirting between feet. One replaced brass knob on interior drawer. A replaced section of backboard, rear-right foot triangular support replaced.