Description: the fall front drawer enclosing an arrangement of pigeon holes above one long drawer flanked by eight short drawers with ivory handles and replaced baize lining, over four long drawers, the reverse with inscription Charlotte E*** / Feb 22 1865, restorations
Dimensions: 97cm. high, 77.5cm. wide, 51.5cm. deep; 3ft. 2in., 2ft. 6½in., 1ft. 8in.
Condition Report: This piece is in conserved condition. with marks and scratches consistent with age and use, especially around the handles which have been remounted and to the surface of the drawer fronts and the top. There are losses to the cockbeading and small losses & replacements to the veneers. Feet reduced in height. The secretaire will require a new baise top which has a significant age crack to the interior and losses to the ivory handles. Escutcheon lacking to the lock of fall front. Penwork decoration faded. An attractive academic lot.
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Saleroom Notice: This lot contains ivory. US regulations restrict the import of elephant ivory and prohibit the import of African elephant ivory. Sotheby's will not assist buyers with the shipment of this lot into the US.
Provenance: Probably supplied to William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland (1738-1809);
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Thence by descent