Christopher Gilbert, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, London, 1978,vol II, page 56, fig87
A George III Chippendale period Mahogany partners desk, the sectioned leather lined top, with two ratchet reading rests above a finely carved frieze. Each pedestal with carrying handles and three graduated drawers to both sides, all retaining their original brass swan neck handles
Certain constructional features that are seen in this desk, such as the central placement of the casters, the short-grain framing within the drawer cavity and the use of red wash were used by Thomas Chippendale. The use of a blind-fret frieze almost identical to the one seen here, appears on a documented secretaire cabinet supplied to Sir Lawrence Dundas, Aske Hall, Yorkshire.