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Antique Writing Desks

Decorative wood writing desks by Chippendale. Some of the most sought after antiques in the whole Chippendale furniture range. To see the pictures of the antique writing desks designs click the links within the descriptions.

¶ Are four library tables, with proper dimensions fixed to each design; they are generally made with doors on one side of the table, and upright sliding partitions, (to answer the different sizes of books) and drawers on the other side. Those tables are so plain and intelligible, that no more is needed to be said about them. They frequently stand in the middle of a room, which requires both sides to be made useful.

Writing Desk
Plate LIII

Writing Desk
Plate LIV

Writing Desk
Plate LV

Writing Desk
Plate LVI

¶ A library table, with all its dimensions fixed to the design. You have two different doors and terms. This table is intended to have circular doors at each corner, which may be made for convenience at pleasure.

Writing Desk
Plate LVII

¶ Plate LVIII is a Gothic library table, the corners canted, and a Gothic ¼ column is fixed at each corner; then that fixed upon the doors, and opens with them. Plate LIX. is the plan of the Table with all its mouldings; aaa, etc. are the places where the columns are to be set; A is the plan of the columns, with a scale to take off the particulars of every member.

Gothic library table

¶ FIG. I. Plate LIX. is a method for working and mitering of mouldings of different projections. Suppose B a quarter of a circle, or moulding, divided into nine parts, and the last division into two parts; then plan the moulding B at D, and divide it into the same number of parts; draw a diagonal, suppose LL, and where the divisions intersect in LL, draw the division in A; then raise perpendiculars from A, and you have the projection of the other moulding at B. Now where the perpendiculars 1 2 3 4, etc. intersects in B, draw eee, etc. to ddd, etc. then where they intersect in ddd, are the points where the moulding is to be traced or drawn by hand. To cut the mitres, suppose the mouldings work'd at FF, and fit for the mitres to be cut, draw a line cross your mouldings fff, etc. then take the distance CL and set it off at cf, and the divisions at A; then take the distance eL, and set it off at ef, and the divisions at D; raise perpendiculars at C and E; then draw the parallels eee, etc. to the perpendiculars C and E, and where they intersect, are the points where you are to cut, directed by the diagonal line LL.

Plate LIX

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