George II Burr Walnut 'Caddy' Kneehole Desk
George II Burr Walnut 'Caddy' Kneehole Desk
George II Burr Walnut 'Caddy' Kneehole Desk
George II Burr Walnut 'Caddy' Kneehole Desk
George II Burr Walnut 'Caddy' Kneehole Desk
George II Burr Walnut 'Caddy' Kneehole Desk
George II Burr Walnut 'Caddy' Kneehole Desk

George II Burr Walnut 'Caddy' Kneehole Desk

1730 England

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Superb George II kneehole desk from the pinnacle of furniture design, combining exceptional cabinet making with the very finest materials, including carefully selected hand cut burr walnut veneers and still retaining its original surface, handles and key.
• Original, well patinated ‘creamy’ surface
• Caddy moulded top
• Hand cut burr walnut veneers
• Original brass furniture (signs of gilding)
• All original & operating locks with original key
• Cross banded & finely feather banded top, drawers & central cupboard
• Lip moulded drawers
• Figured walnut sides
• Oak lined drawers
• Removable dovetailed central cupboard
• Quarter sawn tongue & grooved backboards. A real sign of significant quality. I am not aware of any other piece from the period with this detail.
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Private Collection in Sonnington, York.
The term ‘Caddy’ is believed to have derived from the Chinese word ‘catty’ which is equal to around 1lb. Tea caddies as we know them, were introduced in the mid to late 18th century superseding the early forms of porcelain or China jars known as ‘tea canisters’. It is likely the term ‘caddy top’ relating to the moulded ovolo edge was not a term originally used but later introduced by traders retailing some time later.


Note two examples of ‘caddy topped’ pieces by the leading cabinetmaker of his time Giles Grendy in C. Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary Of Marked London Furniture 1700-1840, Page 243, Fig: 439. Page 244, Fig: 440

Giles Grendy (1693-1703) was apprentice to the second-generation cabinet maker William Sherborne from 1709 – 1716 when he became a freeman. Trade labels identified by Grendy have been noted on a wide range of pieces from 1735-1755.
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