An Anglo Indian Padouk Pedestal Desk.
The desk is made in three parts: a top and two pedestals. Each pedestal is fitted with two bars to hold the top in place. The pedestals have turned feet with later castors which were probably added to rise the height of the desk surface and the kneehole to make it more practical to use. We have left them on for the same reason. The height of the kneehole is 25 1/2 inches (65 cm). This desk has a good sized moulded edge to the top and to the bottom of the pedestals.
The drawers have original flush campaign handles but whether this desk was specifically made for travel or not, we cannot be sure. Domestic pedestal desks are also typically made in three parts. You wouldn’t expect a campaign desk to have over hanging mouldings but campaign furniture made in India didn’t always adhere to the same principals as British campaign furniture at this date. It may simply have been made for an army officer or administrator who was only expecting to move his desk occasionally.
Whether it was made for travel or not, the desk is a practical size and the padouk has a deep, rich colour. Circa 1840.
The chair shown is one of a pair and sold separately.