DESCRIPTION A small pedestal Bengal Colonial Desk of very unique proportions with a cabinet of four drawers on one side and two shelves on the other. Typical to this style, the drawers are hidden by a single shutter. The bottom of the pedestals have plinths around the bases and rest on bun feet. Once restored, the moulded table top will be inlaid with a large panel of leather. The small size of this desk makes it very desirable for use in rooms with limited space.
DIMENSIONS 41" x 23" x 29" [ W x D x H ]
RESTORATION The bun feet are somewhat loose and will need to be fixed into place. The top will be upholstered with leather; the brass hardware buffed to a shine and the entire piece will be finished with traditional hand polish and wax.
HISTORICAL CONTEXT These first appeared in England in the 17th century and were widely used in the 18th and 19th century, when they became more popular than the secretary table or writing desk. Since the two pedestals and table top could be removed, it was also popular with the military as a campaign desk.