Armorial Travelling Desk by Unknown Artist

The desk is made up of a pine carcase and oak drawers, veneered with Indian rosewood, coralwood and ebony, and inlaid in engraved ivory, boar's tusk and bone.


Rosewood, ebony, fruitwood, boar's tusk, bone
66 x 104 x 84 cm
Art Fund grant:
£34,247 ( Total: £102,740; Export stopped)
Acquired in:
Giles Ellwood

It is embellished with the Saxe-Meiningen coat of arms.


Presented to the Duke Bernhard of Saxe-Meiningen (1649-1706) as a wedding gift, Elisabethanburg, Meiningen; Guthe Family (from Leipzig) who settled in England, 1875; Giles Ellwood.

Venue details

V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) Cromwell Road, London London SW7 2RL 020 7942 2000

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